Impact Investing: Mission-Related Investments (MRI)

By mmuise

Unlike grants, Impact investments are investments made in companies, organizations and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. These types of investments can be either Mission-Related Investments (MRIs) or Program-Related Investments (PRIs).
Mission-Related Investments (MRI) are investments of assets from the Foundation’s endowment made in for-profit or not-for-profit enterprises with the intention of achieving mission-related objectives as well as typically market-rate, risk-adjusted financial returns. MRIs exist across asset classes and include bonds and deposits, loans, public equity, private equity, venture capital investments and real estate.

Comments on Funding:

Investments are available.

Deadline: -

Applicants must be:

  • for-profit enterprises;
  • not-for-profit enterprises;
  • with the intention of achieving mission-related objectives.
Application Steps:

Applicants are invited to put their innovative ideas forward for potential funding support via Lawson Foundation’s Ideas Portal.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

They have closed their Ideas Portal and will not be accepting any unsolicited requests for funding for the rest of this calendar year. They hope to be able to reopen the Ideas Portal in early 2022. No further updates in 2023.

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