Impact Investment Grant Guidelines

The Foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals for work in Impact Investing at this time. Recipients are identified through staff deliberations resulting from consultations with current grantees and others in the field.


Impact investments are financial instruments (loans, bonds, stock, limited partnership interests, guarantees, letters of credit, etc.) deployed to generate economic, social, or environmental benefits rather than solely focused on a financial return. Recipients may include traditional nonprofits, for-profit social enterprises, and special-purpose funds, as well as public agencies or quasi-governmental entities.

At MacArthur, we invest catalytic capital that helps bridge capital gaps and drive financing toward organizations, enterprises, and initiatives focused on the world’s most pressing problems. We also make grants, in collaboration with our Catalytic Capital Consortium strategic partners The Rockefeller Foundation and the Omidyar Network, that further learning and market development around catalytic capital. The goal is to build a more robust, more dynamic impact investing marketplace, with a specific interest in increasing the knowledge, awareness, and use of catalytic capital.

Questions about Impact Investing can be addressed to Director of Impact Investments Debra Schwartz or Associate Directors Allison Clark and John Balbach.



Updated May 2019

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