A Note on COVID-19
At Heron, we try to champion people, places, and enterprises who challenge broken conventions and dare to change. In light of COVID-19, we remain committed to our work in communities across the United States.
At Heron, we try to use all the tools in our toolkit to finance organizations who are serving the people and communities we care about. Recently, we used two different tools to provide financing to Self Help Enterprises (SHE), an organization offering homeownership opportunities in the San Joaquin Valley.
We are back with another episode of our Presidential Podcast, where we talk to Dana K. Bezerra about what Heron is doing, thinking, and learning. In this episode, we discuss how Heron is placing community agency and wisdom front and center in the next phase of our work.
We've published another episode of our Presidential Podcast, where we talk to Dana K. Bezerra about what Heron is doing, thinking, and learning. In this blog post, we outline the key takeaways.
Heron has had partnerships in Maine since our early days as a foundation. Now, we're reexamining Maine as a community in transition. Here are some of the inquiries we're chasing.
If your brains haven’t melted from the excessive heat, I have more must reads for you this week. First we have a pair of opinion pieces on morality and the market—very good food for thought for those of us thinking about impact investing.
In this issue, a discussion of poverty and hunger in America, rumblings on the minimum wage, whether capitalism is brutal and the "charitable industrial complex."
In this issue, the fight over fast food worker pay, views on wealth, poverty by congressional district, and the challenges of the “new philanthropy.”
This week we look at the link between poverty and inequality, the role of wages and unemployment, and some thoughts on whether it's time to change the Rules.
For this week’s must reads, we start with a set of videos from Heron’s July data meeting on how to better measure social and financial performance of enterprises, regardless of tax status, in order to be a better investor.
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.
In this week's must reads we have a speech from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to the AFL-CIO, in which he says, "emerging from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes is an all hands on deck situation." We also have this piece from economists Michael Goldberg and Roman Frydman on whether current economic theory is up to the challenge of addressing today's market issues. And finally we have an article from Heron's president, Clara Miller, who in Nonprofit Quarterly discusses how a "lack of capital can sink an enterprise just as it seems to be taking off, even when revenue is pouring in the door."
Your editor’s fantasy of the week is that someday so many people will be economically prosperous, and markets and governments so functional, that philanthropists will have to occupy their time bringing joy to the chronically ill and funding the arts because otherwise there will be nothing to do. It’s a good dream but there’s much to work still to be done….
In this issue, discussion on whether the best and brightest are shunning Wall Street, more government austerity, and how to think about “good jobs.”
Liz Luckett, the Pershing Square Foundation‘s director of impact investing, explains what small data is, and when and why it can be so powerful.