How stronger foundations make more impact through investment

The top-notch philanthropic foundations of the future will prioritise mission when setting investment objectives, hold investment managers to account, and try to influence investment behaviour of others, according to recent research by the UK's Association of Charitable Foundations. The trend is already moving in that direction, says ACF boss Carol Mack, who reports growing interest among foundations in using their 'whole toolbox' – including equity, loans, and social impact bonds – to fulfil their mission, as well as including diversity and climate considerations in investment decisions.