Do You Know Where Your Cash Sleeps At Night?

ON June 28, 2016

Do You Know Where Your Cash Sleeps At Night

Minnesota Council on Foundations

In my second blog post as Minnesota Council on Foundations’ Executive in Residence, I cover a few easy ways to begin impact investing.

Lately, many family foundation members have asked me about the best way to get started in impact investing.

An easy, no-risk way to start is to park your investable cash (up to $250,000 is federally insured) in a “do good” bank. Be careful though, some banks claim to do good, but they don’t.

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What I'm doing now

When COVID-19 and the ensuing economic disruption hit, I worried that impact investing would recede as investors sought comfort in old-style investing and social entrepreneurs kept their day jobs. Luckily, my worries were for naught: more investors are interested in doing good and doing well. More philanthropists are looking for innovative ways to address the multiple crises we face: health, economic, racial, civic, climate, and rural. Social entrepreneurs are launching and growing their ideas to address the world's problems. These leaders give me hope!