Mission-Related Investment in Sustainable Fisheries and Food Systems
An Educational Initiative for Funders Who Care About Fisheries, Food Systems, Social Justice,
and Economic Development
This initiative focuses on mission-related investing (MRI) in sustainable fisheries and food systems. The educational program engages grantmakers and individual donors through a series of webinars and in-person round table discussions to learn about how to apply MRI to sustainable fisheries and food systems. Through these efforts we hope to build a community of practice within these themes. Ultimately, our goal is to create alternative finance streams to support the sustainable fisheries and food systems industry.
Supporting and funding sustainable fisheries is an important issue that spans many areas of interest beyond ecological and conservation concerns. Due to overfishing and unsustainable practices the stock of fish over the past two decades has been diminishing and ecosystems are suffering. The fisheries industry is a crucial component of many local economies in the United States and developing economies internationally, providing the livelihoods for millions of individuals. Fisheries are intimately linked to sustainable land-based food system initiatives, poverty, issues of social justice, climate change, and women’s issues.
The program’s webinar series explores cash, program related investments, equity investments, and other MRI mechanisms in relation to the development of sustainable fisheries. While this sustainability sphere is burgeoning, experts will extrapolate as to how these investments vehicles have already created lasting positive impact and the potential of future change. The in-person round table sessions will provide opportunities for funders and stakeholders to engage in in-depth discussions around these themes.
Doubling Philanthropic Impact: Below Market Rate Investments in Sustainable Fisheries and Food Systems
Confluence Philanthropy is excited to release a new publication on CDFIs and Sustainable Fisheries, "Doubling Philanthropic Impact: Below Market Rate Investments in Sustainable Fisheries and Food Systems." This resource guide was compiled to identify CDFIs and nonprofit organizations working in sustainable fisheries and to highlight the impact foundation dollars can have on these institutions.
Please CLICK HERE to view the resource guide.
For more information please contact Sarah DeNicola at firstname.lastname@example.org