Divest-Invest Philanthropy

How might we build a community of practice to scale innovation among foundations that have pledged to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions?

Services: Advisory and Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Program/Service Design, Event Planning and Mobilization, Communication and Media Design, Executive Coaching.  

Opportunity:

Divest-Invest Philanthropy is an exciting global movement of 140+ foundations and family offices committed to aligning their investment portfolios with their social justice values.  Together these institutions manage over $3.4 trillion in assets, and counting! Divest-Invest Philanthropy represents a tremendous opportunity among a community of ethically minded investors to fund and scale the new green economy. However, with the constant push to build the movement and recruit new foundations, Divest-Invest had limited capacity to nurture relationships among the existing signed pledges.

Strategy:  

Build direct relationships with Divest-Invest foundations to identify shared challenges and better scale exciting innovations and investment opportunities.  

Approach:  

  • Conduct in-depth interviews with twenty Divest-Invest foundation executive directors and investment managers over a 1-month period, establishing the groundwork for a community of practice among signatories.  
  • Collect data from executive directors and investment managers to discover patterns of investment interests across a range of institutions.
  • Identify institutional leaders willing to guide their peers to overcome the challenges of divesting from fossil fuels and assist their peers in finding exciting opportunities to reinvest in climate solutions.   
  • Direct a peer-to-peer recruiting video featuring a founding foundation of Divest-Invest Philanthropy sharing the reasons they joined the movement, published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.   

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“Kamara brings fresh vision to social changemaking. She helped Divest-Invest Philanthropy map a strategy for 2016 that builds on our success, while opening new doors we had not considered. Highly recommended!”
— Clara Vondrich, Global Director | Divest-Invest Philanthropy