A Capital Idea: Total Foundation Asset Management and The Unified Investment Strategy

This paper presents the perspective that the purpose of foundations is not simply to engage in grant making, but rather to invest in the creation of social value. Available foundation assets for supporting this process of social value creation should be viewed as not simply its grant making ability, but its overall investment strategy for both core assets and philanthropic investments. A strategy for achieving maximum social impact—The Unified Investment Strategy—is presented, and the implications of that strategy are explored.

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