The Heron Blog

Filter by:

Sort by:

Sep 13, 2013

Thinking On: The Impoverished & Isolated

Kate Starr, Heron’s head of capital deployment, shares lessons and thoughts on how the American experience of poverty has changed from the recent past, and reminds of the ancient past.

Dec 18, 2013

Challenge to the Field: What’s in too many names?

Heron Fellow Rodney Christopher asks the social sector to come up with a better umbrella term for enterprise-building capital grants.

Jan 7, 2014

Thinking On: The Power of Information

This July retreat explored how to use innovative information tools to surface data capable of informing decision making and improving social and financial outcomes.

Jan 10, 2014

Thinking On: The Search for Mission Return

Heron’s president and board chair turn on its head the question of whether pursuing mission reduces financial return.

Jan 13, 2014

President’s Letter: A Look Back at 2013

Heron’s President Clara Miller takes a look at how 2013 shaped the foundation, which has undergone significant changes.

Mar 14, 2014

Thinking On: Scaling Impact, Evidence Is Not Enough

Heron Fellow Rodney Christopher asks philanthropists and nonprofits: Are we focusing enough on enterprise when we seek to increase the impact of evidence-based programs?

May 22, 2014

Thinking On: Divestment and the Conscious Investor

Heron’s Buzz Schmidt responds to Stanford’s divestment from fossil fuels and says it offers lessons for reevaluating all investments for social impact.

Aug 21, 2014

Thinking On: The Market Basket Revolution

A battle over the fate of a supermarket chain is emblematic of the dilemma facing business today, maximizing shareholder value or reinvesting in workers.

Sep 4, 2014

Thinking On: Rediscovering the Enterprise Investment Approach

Heron’s Kate Starr argues that looking at investing through an enterprise lens is a return to basics.

Sep 18, 2014

Thinking On: Impact Investing Meets Development Finance

Heron president Clara Miller offers lighthearted thoughts on the cultural anthropology of two groups interested in poverty solutions.

More