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Quick Facts About Heron
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Heron was created in 1992 with the mission of helping people and communities help themselves out of poverty. The foundation works with a diverse set of investment strategies focused on fostering economic innovations and practices that lead to long-term economic opportunity and prosperity for all.
At Heron, most of our investments are made indirectly through money managers. Our investments in public equity, private equity, mezzanine and debt funds are focused on impact-oriented managers who integrate financial and social considerations into their analysis and performance measurement.
When we invest or make grants directly, the kinds of enterprises in which we invest tend to:
Heron's role is a provider of capital to enterprises that further our mission. We invest across the financial spectrum — both directly and indirectly — in public and private debt and equity. By using an array of financial tools, we support a diverse group of enterprises, including nonprofits, for-profits and government entities. Just like for-profit enterprises, nonprofits need equity-like capital to grow. We provide this type of capital directly to nonprofits through Enterprise Capital Grants (ECGs).
No. We believe the conventional view that managers and investors must choose between financial return or impact return is erroneous and rewards practices that undermine economic value in the long term. We are working to build the field of impact investing in part by sharing our experiences, outcomes and lessons learned as the field develops.