Sound Investments for a prosperous planet

Charitable Contributions

Natural Investments donates 1% of its annual gross revenues to green economy, sustainability, and social justice non-profit organizations. Here are some of our favorite recipients.

350.org

350-org-logo1350.org is a leading climate action organization; they sponsor simultaneous grassroots education and advocacy events, have been leaders of the fossil fuel divestment movement, and share key climate science with the public.

350.org


ACTION CENTER ON RACE & THE ECONOMYAction Center on Race & the Economy

The Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE) drives political and policy campaigns that fight for structural change, tackling financial institutions and anti-democratic actors responsible for pillaging communities of color and poor families, subverting voting rights, and destroying our environment.

acrecampaigns.org


ALLIANCE FOR NUCLEAR RESPONSIBILITYAlliance for Nuclear Responsibility

The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility educates Californians on options for energy generation, the dangers of aging nuclear plants, and the ongoing production and storage of high-level radioactive waste on California’s coastal zone.

a4nr.org


AS YOU SOW

As You Sow promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies for the purpose of creating a safe, just, and sustainable world in which protecting the environment and human rights is central to corporate decision making. As investor representatives, the organization communicates directly with corporate executives to collaboratively develop and implement business models that reduce risk, benefit brand reputation, and protect long term shareholder value while simultaneously bringing about positive change for the environment and human rights.

asyousow.org


BOSTON UJIMA PROJECT

The Boston Ujima Project is a democratic, member-run organization building cooperative economic infrastructure in Boston, with a mission to return wealth to working-class communities of color.

ujimaboston.com


CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SELF-HELP

The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization that encompasses all parts of Self-Help, including Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund, and the Center for Responsible Lending. Together, we provide financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream.

self-help.org


CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship’s vision is that through entrepreneurship and community wealth building strategies, participants in their programs are empowered to build resilient, sustainable, and equitably shared community wealth. CIE’s Community Enterprise Program provides members with accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and additional support such as legal advice, connections to business mentors, and opportunities to apply for an “incubator loan”.

cie-nw.org


CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE STEADY STATE ECONOMY (CASSE)

CASSE-LogoCASSE is the foremost organization advancing discussion of a move from a growth-oriented economy, toward one that thrives without the need for constant expansion. Their briefing papers, blog, and reading list are unparalleled resources for those interested in learning more.

steadystate.org


COMMON FUTURE

Common Future, formerly known as BALLE, is a key player in the localization movement.  They provide a national forum for leaders of this movement to connect, spread solutions that have proven themselves, and drive investment toward local economies.

commonfuture.co


CROATAN INSTITUTE

Croatan InstituteCroatan Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and action institute. Our mission is to build social equity and ecological resilience by leveraging finance to create pathways to a just economy.

croataninstitute.org


DAILY ACTS

Daily Acts
Daily Acts is a permaculture non-profit organization based in Petaluma, California that works to transform communities through inspired action and education that builds leadership and local self-reliance.

dailyacts.org


ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTE 

Economic Opportunity Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit public policy center using research, education & advocacy to shape public debate and advance new policy ideas that help build an economy that works – for everyone. Working in concert with community coalitions and elected officials, we publish research, shape public debate and catalyze policy initiatives to make Washington state a better place to live, work, raise a family and do business.

eoionline.org


FIRST PEOPLES INVESTMENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

Yethiya wihe Advocacy Fund – In honor of Susan White, Director for the Oneida Nation and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Working Group, this page was created to provide support for the First Peoples Investor Engagement Project (FPIEP). For many years, Susan spearheaded efforts to promote sustainable and responsible investing in Indian Country. Her advocacy on behalf of the Oneida Nation to protect water, land, and Indigenous Peoples achieved powerful results, and was recognized by the SRI Conference Service Award and the Harvard University Honoring Nations American Indian Economic Development Award.

colorado.edu/project/fpiep


FORCE FOR GOOD

The Force for Good Fund has generated over $1 million from investors to invest in women and people of color-owned ‘Best for the World’ B Corporations and aspiring B Corporations. The Force for Good Fund loan loss reserve is a capital pool within the Community Ventures non-profit organization held in the event of loan defaults as a form of investor return protection.

lifteconomy.com/forceforgood/


GREEN AMERICA

Green America
Green America, founded in 1982, harnesses economic power – the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace – to create a socially just and enviromentally sustainable society.

greenamerica.org


INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK

Indigenous Environmental Network

IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.

ienearth.org


HAWAI’I COMMUNITY LENDING

Hawai'i Community Lending

Hawai‘i Community Lending is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Started in 2002 as a mortgage broker under Hawaiian Community Assets and founded as a subsidiary nonprofit in 2014, HCL funds affordable housing ecosystem from home buyers to home builders to homeowners.

hawaiicommunitylending.com


HEALING SOILS FOUNDATION

Healing Soils Foundation

Healing Soils Foundation supports regenerative farmers in their efforts in Healing  People, Healing Our Communities and Healing Our Earth. We deliver on our mission by providing charitable grants that directly support farmers in their critical work.

healingsoilsfoundation.org


HIGHER PURPOSE

Higher Purpose Co

Higher Purpose Co’s mission is to build community wealth with Black residents in Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power.

higherpurposeco.org


INTENTIONAL ENDOWMENTS NETWORK

Intentional Endowments Network supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns. The network engages key leaders and stakeholders in the higher education, business, and non-profit sectors. It provides opportunities for education and training, peer networking, convening, thought leadership and information exchange. It also administers the SRI Conference Scholarship Program for young adults looking to enter the SRI field, which we contribute to as well.

http://intentionalendowments.org


JUBILEE JUSTICE

Jubilee JusticeJubilee Justice envisions an America where the institutional injustices concerning Land, Race and Money, that are rooted in a history of extraction and exploitation, both spiritually and materially transform toward justice, equity and repair. It will require the redistribution of resources, the equal sharing of knowledge and information, cross-racial and personal healing based on a worldview of interdependence and the active acknowledgement of the Earth and soil upon which all life depends as sacred.

jubileejustice.org


KENTUCKY INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT

Kentucky-Interfaith-Power-LightKentucky Interfaith Power and Light is dedicated to bringing people together to care for the planet and each other through stewardship.  Individuals and communities of faith that work together to build a future in which the water, air and soil are protected and preserved for following generations.

kentuckyipl.org


KENTUCKY JOBS WITH JUSTICE

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Kentucky Jobs with Justice is a broad-based coalition of community groups, faith-based organizations and labor unions united to promote, protect and improve the quality of life of all workers by empowering individuals and organizations to engage in collective action for economic and social justice.

kyjwj.org


KENTUCKY US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

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This Kentucky chapter of the US Green Building Council works to increase the use of sustainable building practices in homes, businesses, and schools.

usgbckentucky.org


LIFE ASSET INC

Life-AssetLife Asset, Inc. is a financial resource center for poor, low, and moderate income persons in Washington, DC. In addition to offering an alternative to predatory pay-day loans, it provides affordable financial products, services, and education, promoting self-help and self-respect while expanding social and economic opportunities.

lifeasset.org


LOCAL INVESTING RESOURCE CENTER

Local-Living-Resource-CenterThis is an exciting new initiative from NI’s own James Frazier, which brings together success stories and advice from organizations that have created frameworks that facilitated direct investment in local businesses. Connect with local investors in your area, or engage with the LIRC’s training modules to learn how to start a local investing program.

local-investing.com


MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE 

Mission Investors Exchange is the leading impact investing network for foundations dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental change. It provides resources, inspiration, and connections to help members increase the scale, partnerships, innovations, and impact of their impact investing practice.

missioninvestors.org


NDN COLLECTIVE

NDN CollectiveNDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.

ndncollective.org


NEW ECONOMY COALITION

New-Economy-CoalitionThe New Economy Coalition brings together over one hundred North American organizations working to create an economy that is restorative to people, place, and planet, and that operates according to principles of democracy, justice and appropriate scale.

neweconomy.net/


NEW ROOTS, INC

new-roots-organics-logoNew Roots is a Louisville-based organization that improves access to fresh food for urban residents, sharing education with families on the use of fresh foods, and connecting neighborhood leaders with local farmers and distributors so that participating communities are able to develop successful long-term relationships leading to healthy lifestyles for member families.

newrootsproduce.org


NEXT CITY

Next City’s journalism centers marginalized voices while amplifying solutions to the problems that oppress people in cities. At a time when cities face rampant inequality and urgent challenges, Next City’s work as a nonprofit is critical: by spreading real stories and workable ideas from one city to the next, we connect people, places and solutions that move our society toward justice and equity.

nextcity.org


OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY

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The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is dedicated to restoring and enhancing a system of 18 Louisville parks and 8 connecting parkways designed by the renowned Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons, and by so doing to connect nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being.

olmstedparks.org


PROJECT DRAWDOWN

Project Drawdown, led by Paul Hawken, is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming developed by qualified and diverse group of global researchers from around the world who identified, researched, and modeled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change and reduce atmospheric carbon drastically within 30 years. These solutions are featured in the project’s first book, Drawdown.

drawdown.org


PROJECT EQUITY

Project Equity helps businesses and communities discover the power of employee ownership in order to anchor businesses within communities, retain good jobs, and model effective corporate governance. The organization supports businesses to transition to broad-based, democratic employee ownership, helping business owners to assess fit with this approach, support the sale of the business, and work with a core group of employees to structure and successfully operationalize a transition to employee ownership and an effective ownership culture.

project-equity.org


PROSPERITY NOW

Prosperity NowProsperity Now’s mission is to build an economy that is just, fair and free from structural racism,  where every person, family and community has the power to build sustainable wealth and prosperity.

prosperitynow.org


RACIAL JUSTICE INVESTING

Racial Justice Investing

Racial Justice Investing (RJI) is a group of investors, asset owners, and business leaders who are taking action towards racial justice within our own organizations, as well as in our engagements with portfolio companies.

racialjusticeinvesting.org


REGENERATION INTERNATIONAL

Regeneration International
Regeneration International’s mission is to promote, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems.

regenerationalinternational.org


RESPONSIBLE WEALTH

Responsible-Wealth
Responsible Wealth is a network of business leaders, investors, and inheritors in the richest 5% of wealth and/or income in the U.S. who believe that growing inequality is not in their best interest, nor in the best interest of society whose members speak out — in Congress, in the media, and in corporate boardrooms — for progressive taxes and greater corporate accountability.

faireconomy.org/responsible_wealth


RUNWAY

RUNWAY
RUNWAY is a financial innovation firm committed to dismantling systemic barriers and reimagining financial policies and practices–all in the name of Black liberation.

runway.family


SEED COMMONS

Seed Commons

Seed Commons is a national network of locally-rooted, non-extractive loan funds that brings the power of big finance under community control. By taking guidance from the grassroots and sharing capital and resources to support local cooperative businesses, we are building the infrastructure necessary for a truly just, democratic and sustainable new economy.

seedcommons.org


SLOW FOOD BLUEGRASS

Slow-Food-BluegrassAn all-volunteer chapter of Slow Food International, Slow Food Bluegrass supports the mission of providing good, clean, and fair food for all, throughout the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

slowfoodbluegrass.org


SLOW MONEY

Slow Money is a national network of local chapters catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that “brings money back down to earth.” To date, over $50 million has already been invested in over 600 small food enterprises throughout the United States.

slowmoney.org


SUSTAINABILITY ASSOCIATION OF HAWAII

Sustainability Association of Hawaii
Sustainability Association of Hawaii is the voice of green business in Hawaii, educating, promoting and advocating on behalf of businesses, organizations, and green professionals working to grow a thriving local economy.

sahawaii.org


SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT INSTITUTE 

The Sustainable Investments Institute conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues. The Institute covers each proxy season and produces special reports on issues facing investors and companies, such as climate change readiness, corporate lobbying spending at the state level, corporate involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hydraulic fracturing, and integrates sustainability reporting.

siinstitute.org


WE ARE FAMILY

We are FamilyWe Are Family has been providing support, resources, and leadership development opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, (LGBTQI) and straight ally youth since 1995.

waf.org


WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL

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Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. Participants in the twelve-month program learn job skills, and receive business and leadership training.

womenforwomen.org


YES!

Yes! is a non-profit, ad-free magazine published by the non-profit Positive Futures Network. It covers topics of social justice, environmental sustainability, alternative economics, and peace. Yes! features community-based solutions to social problems, and supports people’s active engagement in creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. The Association has helped catalyze the establishment of the benefit corporation under Hawaii law and social entrepreneurial co-working space Impact Hub Honolulu.

yesmagazine.org

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