Publications

This is where you will find Heron's Publications. 

Title Publication Date Author Name

To convey our values and mission to our preexisting and prospective managers, Heron has created a Letter of Intent for our Fixed Income portfolio.

Access the foundation's 990 from 2016.

The F.B. Heron Foundation (“Heron”) exists solely to serve a public purpose — in our case, making investments that further the ability of people and communities to move out of poverty and thrive. This purpose guides not only our grant-making, but the use of all of our resources, including investment capital, so that we use them fully to contribute to the reduction of poverty, the widening of opportunity, and the improvement in material and social well-being for disadvantaged people and communities. The Heron investment policy thus reflects our intent to determine the social and financial return on all assets, and to select opportunities for deploying capital, whether as grants or as investments, so as to maximize both kinds of return.

Heron's 2017 financial statements.

Access the foundation's tax return.

June 20, 2017 — New York: Clara Miller will assume the role of President Emerita at Heron as of December 31, 2017, the Heron Foundation announced today. Miller will step down from a managerial role, continuing to write, speak, and undertake research on behalf of Heron’s mission.

Author’s Preamble: I began drafting this letter during the weeks leading up to the election and finished it a few days before. But now we’re well beyond the inauguration, so I really couldn’t send it “as is” without something of a prologue. Even for Heron, for which the phrase, “The world has changed…,” has become something of a slogan, the election’s outcome marked a record-level high for the change index. And as I glanced at my draft in light of those results, its contents struck me as somewhat, well, outdated and possibly even trivial. This was quite discouraging. On reflection and discussion internally, however, we thought that one way to interpret these events was that the themes we struck when we changed our strategy back in 2011 were manifesting with a vengeance:

Heron's 2016 financial statements.

A series of videos from the Heron Foundation and Human Pictures recasts the narrative around what it is to be poor in the United States; looks to reinvent the economy to provide new paths to prosperity

The F.B. Heron Foundation (“Heron”) exists solely to serve a public purpose — in our case, making investments that further the ability of people and communities to move out of poverty and thrive. This purpose guides not only our grant-making, but the use of all of our resources, including investment capital, so that we use them fully to contribute to the reduction of poverty, the widening of opportunity, and the improvement in material and social well-being for disadvantaged people and communities. The Heron investment policy thus reflects our intent to determine the social and financial return on all assets, and to select opportunities for deploying capital, whether as grants or as investments, so as to maximize both kinds of return.