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List of Partners

  • Alpha Impact Advisors

    Alpha Impact Advisors offers clients a specialized approach to impact investing, with expertise in both fixed income investing and social impact research and measurement.  With over 20 years of experience in impact investing, Barbara VanScoy is uniquely qualified to analyze portfolios and strategies and recommend ways to optimize financial and social returns.  She has extensive expertise in analyzing investments across a holistic set of impact factors beyond traditional risk and return measures which can mitigate risk, enhance security selection, and lower portfolio volatility, aiding in the risk-adjusted profile of portfolios.

    Alpha Impact Advisors is currently working with Heron to conduct in-depth research on some of our fixed-income positions and their social impact. 

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  • American Sustainable Business Council

    Heron is a member of the ASBC which offers programs that educate and inform the public and policy makers about the benefits of a more sustainable economy, and about policies and practices that can help the economy become more sustainable. The Council represent over 200,000 businesses and 325,000 business executives, owners, investors, and others.

    Explore some of their recent work on sustainable economics, good workplaces and worker ownership on their website. 

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  • B Lab

    B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

    Visit B Lab to learn more about what B Corps are and how to become one.

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  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

    The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE (pronounced “bahl-ee”), represents thousands of communities and conveners, entrepreneurs, investors and funders who are defying “business as usual.” BALLE's work equips people with the tools and connections needed to prioritize equity and make well-being possible. Programs include their Local Economy FellowsCommunity Foundation CircleInvestors Circle, regular events focused on the Local Economy Framework, and an emerging groundswell of local businesses and communities standing up to Choose Connection.  

    Check out the exciting work they're doing on Localism and Place-Based Impact Investing

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  • Business for Social Responsibility

    BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Learn more about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability.

    We appreciate BSR's top quality research on issues like the future of jobs and climate change, as well as their insightful blog.

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  • Capital Institute Inc.

    Since its founding, Capital Institute has emerged as a provocative new voice grounded in a deep understanding of mainstream finance. The institute is a sought-after and trusted New Economy resource, committed equally to groundbreaking thought leadership, deep analysis of successful and transformative Regenerative Economy models, and the collaborative sharing of knowledge with partners and an expanding community around the world. 

    Capital Institue is breaking new ground exploring areas such as regenerative banking, financial reform, and evergreen direct investing

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  • CECP

    CECP is a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Founded in 1999, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 150 CEOs of the world’s largest companies across all industries. Revenues of engaged companies sum to $7 trillion annually. A nonprofit organization, CECP offers participating companies one-on-one consultationnetworking eventsexclusive data, media support, and case studies on corporate engagement. 

    Among many other things, we like the work CECP's doing to measure philanthropic contributions.

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  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy

    The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders. CEP’s mission is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness – and, as a result, their intended impact.

    We think funders and others in the philanthropy field can benefit from CEP's cutting edge research on funder effectiveness and related issues.

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  • CoMetrics

    CoMetrics is a technology company that provides 250 independent businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofit organizations with the ability to use data in order to improve performance and impact.  They were previously known as CoopMetrics.

    Read about how CoMetrics began on our blog, or see what's been said about them in the press

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  • Commonwealth

    Commonwealth strengthens the financial opportunity and security of financially vulnerable people by discovering ideas, piloting solutions and driving innovations to scale.

    Explore Commonwealth's exploratory work on issues from student loan repayment to financial entertainment education.

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  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

    The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to helping donors make the most of their generosity. Since 1919, the Community Foundation has managed endowment funds for individuals, families and organizations, and is currently home to over 800 named funds.

    Learn more about the CFGB and ways to invest in Western NY

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  • Confluence Philanthropy

    Confluence Philanthropy is a non-profit, membership-based association of foundations, high net worth investors and their investment advisors who collaborate in Mission-Related Investing (MRI), the process of integrating investment strategy with social and/or environmental goals.  Confluence Members represent a combined $3 trillion in assets under management, with more than $61.5 billion designated as philanthropic capital. Members are committed to full mission alignment when prudent and feasible.

    Learn more about Confluence's work and its motto, "Know what you own and own what you own". 

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  • CSRHub

    CSRHub is the world's largest sustainability business intelligence database. Their ratings and tools help professionals benchmark, evaluate, and improve company sustainability performance. CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 16,586+ companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

    Learn more about CSRHub's state of the art ranking methodology and how its data is being used around the world. 

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  • Demos

    Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. They are working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve.

    They offer great research on issues like sustainable economics and jobs on their website.

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  • The Economic Policy Institute

    EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that includes the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions. EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security.

    Be sure to read some of their work on raising wages, poverty and jobs on their website. 

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  • EWI

    EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, EWI also has technology centers in Buffalo, NY, and Loveland, Colorado. It also operates a consortia and cooperatives that act as hubs for the advancement of specific technologies and industries, all of which are designed to improve public/private collaboration, strengthen U.S. manufacturing supply chains, and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive on a global scale.

    Visit EWI to leanr more about their work supporting manufacturing jobs and small and medium enterprises across the country. 

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  • Foundation Center

    Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

    Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

    Check out some of Foundation Center's innovative work on foundation transparency and foundation benchmarkers.


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  • Giving Strong

    As a social impact consulting firm Giving Strong helps companies, foundations and individuals make a difference. Their work gets to the heart of the matter. They break silos because it takes more than any one check or policy or letter to tackle big issues like economic security, human rights or climate sustainability. They prescribe a custom formula of advocacy, collaboration, investment, philanthropy, policy and new ways of doing business in order to help you make progress.

    Giving Strong is a close partner of Heron, working on strategic communications.

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  • Global Impact Investing Network

    The Global Impact Investing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.

    Take a look at GIIN's extensive resources on impact investing and its tools and training resources.

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  • Human Pictures

    Human Pictures is a production company born out of their frustration with the mounting injustice they see all around them and their belief in the potential of humanity to face up to it and confront it.

    They are dedicated to the creation of progressive media; films, documentaries and advocacy campaigns that promote personal and collective transformation.

    Human Pictures has been the production team working with us on creating the Poor U.S. Series.

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  • Impact Alpha

    ImpactAlpha seeks to redefine business media around social and environmental value, just as impact investing is redefining finance. Robust journalism and compelling media have been instrumental in the growth of other new financial markets, from venture capital to hedge funds to emerging markets investment. ImpactAlpha believes the growing impact marketplace needs dedicated journalists working the impact beat, telling the stories, framing the narratives, identifying the leaders and calling the trends.

    Follow ImpactAlpha for the latest news on impact investing and philanthropy. 

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  • Independent Sector

    Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good. IS's nonpartisan coalition’s networks collectively represent tens of thousands of organizations and individuals locally, nationally, and globally. Independent Sector serves as the premier meeting ground for the leaders of America's charitable and philanthropic sector. Since its founding in 1980, it has sponsored ground-breaking research, fought for public policies that support a dynamic, independent sector, and created unparalleled resources so staff, boards, and volunteers can improve their organizations and better serve their communities.

    Learn more about IS's leadership in the nonprofit sector.

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  • The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

    For over 30 years, the Manhattan Institute has been an important force in shaping American political culture and developing ideas that foster economic choice and individual responsibility. They have supported and publicized research on our era's most challenging public policy issues: taxes, health care, energy, the legal system, policing, crime, homeland security, urban life, education, race, culture, and many others. 

    Read some of their recent work on their website.

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  • Mission Investors Exchange

    Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) is the leading voice for philanthropy and mission-aligned investors in the impact investing market. A national network of over 250 foundations and affiliate members, MIE offers a robust platform for sharing tools and best practices, empowers foundations and other investors to take bolder steps to align their assets with mission, provides access to investment opportunities, and promotes the policy and market conditions necessary to grow the impact investing field.

    Check out MIE's website for high quality resources on Mission Investing and much more.

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  • Mission Out Loud

    This boutique firm helps enterprises find their unique voice and use it more effectively. The firm offers a suite of services including auditing web sites, creating interactive content, updating digital tools and segmenting target audiences.

  • Next Street

    Next Street was founded in 2005 with the goal of transforming the way finance and business advice are provided in underserved markets. They aim to maximize the growth, impact, and success of their clients, thereby driving economic development, and wealth and job creation in America’s cities

    A modern version of the merchant bank — the institutions that traditionally provided capital and business know-how to great European companies — they work with clients as partners, serving as a trusted advisor throughout the lifecycle of their organizations. They are committed to the principles of integrity, transparency, excellence, innovation, and equal access, and those values shape the way they work each day.

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  • PolicyMap

    PolicyMap is an internet-based Geographic Information System and mapping company that captures and conveys data through demographic maps, tables, reports, and innnovative analytical tools. 

    PolicyMap's Maggie McCullough discusses the importance of mapping data in a video interview on our blog. 

    Watch PolicyMap in action.

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  • The Reinvestment Fund

    Reinvestment Fund is a catalyst for change in low-income communities. The Fund integrates data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. Using analytical and financial tools, Reinvestment Fund brings high-quality grocery stores, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access—creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives.

    Check out the Reinvestment Fund's innovative initiatives on issues like community development, financing, and the creative economy. 

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  • Small Business Majority

    Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. SBM actively engages small business owners across America to drive smart public policy and get entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive.​

    Learn more about the Small Business Majority and its small business-based ecnomic agenda.

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  • Success Measures

    Success Measures is an organization that assists local groups, intermediaries, and their philantrhopic and public sector partners devise and conduct learning evaluations. 

    Brooke Fin and Maggie Grieve explain the impact of Success Measures in a video on our blog. 

    Read about Success Measures in the Foundation Review

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  • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

    The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) develops and disseminates information and standards on sustainable accountability to help public corporations communicate with their investors. 

    Read more about the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board on our blog.

    Watch Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg speak on SASB. 

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  • Toniic

    Toniic is the global action community for impact investors. Toniic serves individuals, family offices, foundations and funds, increasing the velocity of money and services into impact investing to address global challenges. Their members commit to discover, evaluate, nurture and invest in financial products – in all asset classes – that promote a just and sustainable economy.  Toniic has members in over 26 countries and its members have invested globally.

    Learn more about how Toniic brings value to investors and visit the T100 research project for the latest research on 100% impact investing.

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