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Impact Investing

The Denver Foundation’s Impact Investing Fund helps the Foundation leverage its Community Grants with Impact Investments. The fund is designed to enhance The Denver Foundation’s impact in its focus areas of Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Community Leadership and create learning opportunities for the Foundation on alternative funding options for nonprofits and other groups that further the foundation’s mission.

The Denver Foundation is offering an impact investment for new and existing fundholders through August 15. Greenline Small Business Capital Fund is our latest impact investment. Greenline Ventures, a Denver-based financial services firm, has created a $20 million capital fund to make loans to small businesses in low-income areas at below-market interest rates. The Denver Foundation is providing capital for the fund, and is looking for philanthropic investors to join us on this new impact investing opportunity. Interested in learning more? Click here and contact Kate Lyda at 720.974.2604 or klyda@denverfoundation.org.

Our recent Impact Investing Report includes updates on current investments and ways you can co-invest with us.

Through this Fund, The Denver Foundation has also made a significant investment in Denver's Social Impact Bond for Permanent Supportive Housing. As programmatic benchmarks are achieved, the Foundation's investment is repaid.

 There are several ways for donors to participate in impact investing at The Denver Foundation:

  • Make a contribution to the Impact Investment Pool. This Fund makes philanthropic investments in the Foundation’s community objective areas of Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Community Leadership and any returns of principal and investment earnings are redeployed for new community investments. This Investors Update on the Social Impact Bond illustrates an impact investment in action.
  • Make a philanthropic investment from your donor-advised fund in the Impact Investment Pool. Philanthropic investments of $10,000 or more will be pooled with other philanthropic investments for a specific term. At the end of the term, any principal and interest earned will be returned to the donor-advised fund or redirected for new investments.
  • Make a philanthropic investment of your choosing from your donor-advised fund. Sometimes referred to as PRIs or Program-Related Investments, donor-advised fundholders may make their own philanthropic investments from their donor-advised funds. These investments are approved on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, fundholders can work with their own financial advisors on impact investing from their donor-advised funds at The Denver Foundation.

For more information on Impact Investing at The Denver Foundation contact the Philanthropic Services Group or Kate Lyda at 303.300.1790 or klyda@denverfoundation.org.

For more information on Impact Investing at The Denver Foundation contact the Philanthropic Services Group or Kate Lyda at 303.300.1790 or klyda@denverfoundation.org.