Natural Investments donates 1% of its annual gross revenues to green economy, sustainability, and social justice non-profit organizations. Here are some of our favorite recipients.
350.org is a leading climate action organization; they sponsor simultaneous grassroots education and advocacy events, have been leaders of the fossil fuel divestment movement, and share key climate science with the public.
AS YOU SOW
As You Sow promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies for the purpose of creating a safe, just, and sustainable world in which protecting the environment and human rights is central to corporate decision making. As investor representatives, the organization communicates directly with corporate executives to collaboratively develop and implement business models that reduce risk, benefit brand reputation, and protect long term shareholder value while simultaneously bringing about positive change for the environment and human rights.
Common Future, formerly known as BALLE, is a key player in the localization movement. They provide a national forum for leaders of this movement to connect, spread solutions that have proven themselves, and drive investment toward local economies.
CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship’s vision is that through entrepreneurship and community wealth building strategies, participants in their programs are empowered to build resilient, sustainable, and equitably shared community wealth. CIE’s Community Enterprise Program provides members with accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and additional support such as legal advice, connections to business mentors, and opportunities to apply for an “incubator loan”.
CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE STEADY STATE ECONOMY (CASSE)
CASSE is the foremost organization advancing discussion of a move from a growth-oriented economy, toward one that thrives without the need for constant expansion. Their briefing papers, blog, and reading list are unparalleled resources for those interested in learning more.
CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SELF-HELP
The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization that encompasses all parts of Self-Help, including Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund, and the Center for Responsible Lending. Since 1980, it has provided financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream in underserved communities across North Carolina, Florida, Washington D.C., California, and Illinois.
FIRST PEOPLES INVESTMENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Yethiya wihe Advocacy Fund – In honor of Susan White, Director for the Oneida Nation and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Working Group, this page was created to provide support for the First Peoples Investor Engagement Project (FPIEP). For many years, Susan spearheaded efforts to promote sustainable and responsible investing in Indian Country. Her advocacy on behalf of the Oneida Nation to protect water, land, and Indigenous Peoples achieved powerful results, and was recognized by the SRI Conference Service Award and the Harvard University Honoring Nations American Indian Economic Development Award.
FORCE FOR GOOD
The Force for Good Fund has generated over $1 million from investors to invest in women and people of color-owned ‘Best for the World’ B Corporations and aspiring B Corporations. The Force for Good Fund loan loss reserve is a capital pool within the Community Ventures non-profit organization held in the event of loan defaults as a form of investor return protection.
Green America, founded in 1982, harnesses economic power – the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace – to create a socially just and enviromentally sustainable society.
HIGHER PURPOSE CO.
Higher Purpose Co. is an organization building community wealth with Black residents in Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power through asset building, narrative change, and advocacy.
INTENTIONAL ENDOWMENTS NETWORK
Intentional Endowments Network supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns. The network engages key leaders and stakeholders in the higher education, business, and non-profit sectors. It provides opportunities for education and training, peer networking, convening, thought leadership and information exchange. It also administers the SRI Conference Scholarship Program for young adults looking to enter the SRI field, which we contribute to as well.
LOCAL INVESTING RESOURCE CENTER
This is an exciting new initiative from NI’s own James Frazier, which brings together success stories and advice from organizations that have created frameworks that facilitated direct investment in local businesses. Connect with local investors in your area, or engage with the LIRC’s training modules to learn how to start a local investing program.
MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE
Mission Investors Exchange is the leading impact investing network for foundations dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental change. It provides resources, inspiration, and connections to help members increase the scale, partnerships, innovations, and impact of their impact investing practice.
NEW ECONOMY COALITION
The New Economy Coalition brings together over one hundred North American organizations working to create an economy that is restorative to people, place, and planet, and that operates according to principles of democracy, justice and appropriate scale.
Oikocredit is a worldwide financial cooperative that promotes global justice by empowering disadvantaged people with credit. Their loans support the growth of microfinance institutions, trade cooperatives, fair trade organizations, and small-to-medium sized enterprises, making a difference in the lives of the poor and disenfranchised around the world.
Project Drawdown, led by Paul Hawken, is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming developed by qualified and diverse group of global researchers from around the world who identified, researched, and modeled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change and reduce atmospheric carbon drastically within 30 years. These solutions are featured in the project’s first book, Drawdown.
Project Equity helps businesses and communities discover the power of employee ownership in order to anchor businesses within communities, retain good jobs, and model effective corporate governance. The organization supports businesses to transition to broad-based, democratic employee ownership, helping business owners to assess fit with this approach, support the sale of the business, and work with a core group of employees to structure and successfully operationalize a transition to employee ownership and an effective ownership culture.
Regenerative Finance is a collective of young people with wealth organizing to shift wealth and power to communities most impacted by racial, climate, and economic injustices. Calling its work reparations, it uses the history of extraction, violence, colonization, and resistance to return resources, land, and money to the communities from which they came at the largest scale possible, grounded in local contexts. Regenerative Finance is a bridge, point of transition, and in-between space between extractive capitalism and a regenerative life-giving economy.
Responsible Wealth is a network of business leaders, investors, and inheritors in the richest 5% of wealth and/or income in the U.S. who believe that growing inequality is not in their best interest, nor in the best interest of society whose members speak out — in Congress, in the media, and in corporate boardrooms — for progressive taxes and greater corporate accountability.
RSF SOCIAL FINANCE
RSF Social Finance offers investing, lending, and giving services to individuals and enterprises committed to improving society and the environment. Inspired by Rudolph Steiner, RSF embraces the spiritual dimension of money, and aims to help create a shift from financial transactions that are complex, opaque, and anonymous to those that are direct, transparent, and personal.
Slow Money is a national network of local chapters catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that “brings money back down to earth.” To date, over $50 million has already been invested in over 600 small food enterprises throughout the United States.
SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT INSTITUTE
The Sustainable Investments Institute conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues. The Institute covers each proxy season and produces special reports on issues facing investors and companies, such as climate change readiness, corporate lobbying spending at the state level, corporate involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hydraulic fracturing, and integrates sustainability reporting.
WE ARE FAMILY
We Are Family has been providing support, resources, and leadership development opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, (LGBTQI) and straight ally youth since 1995.
WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. Participants in the twelve-month program learn job skills, and receive business and leadership training.
Yes! is a non-profit, ad-free magazine published by the non-profit Positive Futures Network. It covers topics of social justice, environmental sustainability, alternative economics, and peace. Yes! features community-based solutions to social problems, and supports people’s active engagement in creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. The Association has helped catalyze the establishment of the benefit corporation under Hawaii law and social entrepreneurial co-working space Impact Hub Honolulu.