Impact Investments

Market returns and measurable, beneficial social impact

The Cordes Foundation’s investment portfolio is 100% committed to impact. We are focused on deploying our assets across multiple asset classes that create economic opportunities for the “bottom billion”—from microfinance to education to small and medium enterprise (SME) development—to help them rise up the economic ladder and empower them to become part of the newly emerging middle class in developing markets and communities.

We also apply a gender equity lens in our investment process. We believe that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

Our private-direct portfolio catalyzes new sources of capital for impact investments in social ventures. Assets are deployed via debt or equity investments made directly into social enterprises. Investments are also made via limited partnership agreements in impact fund and fund-of-fund structures.

Our public portfolio, consisting of equity and fixed income, applies a multi-manager investment strategy that directs investment capital utilizing a robust, integrated diligence process that analyzes financial, environmental, social and governance factors in publicly traded companies.

Ultimately, we are working to progressively develop an impact investment portfolio that delivers market returns and creates measurable, beneficial social impact. In doing so, we hope to provide proof of concept and persuade other investors to commit to impact, bringing impact investing to scale.



Soko was founded on the belief that innovation can empower women, can connect markets, and can foster opportunities that change lives. Soko is an innovation in global fashion and technology: A brand that connects consumers to global makers and handcrafted jewelry from the developing world. With Soko, you can discover...
PC Bank

One PacificCoast Bank

One PacificCoast offers a full line of traditional banking services, but with a distinct focus on the traditionally underserved: low-income communities, sustainable businesses and job creation.

Waste Ventures India

Waste Ventures India aims to create a new sector for solid waste management in India by building a waste management system which is financially viable, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. It aims to divert up to 80% of all waste from unsanitary landfilling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to...

Women’s World Banking

Women’s World Banking is the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to build security and prosperity.


Sarona is a private equity firm, investing growth capital in companies and private equity funds in frontier and emerging markets around the world with a particular focus on small to mid-market companies that meet the growing needs of the rising middle class in those markets.


ThinkImpact’s mission is to power experiential education programs that catalyze social innovation and entrepreneurship. It does this via summer and winter Institutes that offer scholars a truly unique learning abroad experience, fully immersed in rural villages in Africa and Latin America.


MicroVest is a private, for-profit investment adviser dedicated to reducing global poverty by applying a commercial framework to investing. It seeks sustainable solutions to poverty by facilitating the flow of international private capital to low-income financial institutions.


Maiyet is pioneering a new luxury by creating a fashion brand that sources master craftsmen from places such as Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru, and provides customized training programs that allow its partners to create higher-quality, exceptional product and promote stability and prosperity in their communities.


Lumni designs and manages social-investment funds that invest in the education of diversified pools of students.

Impact HUB Bay Area

Impact Hub Bay Area is a local coworking space, event venue and community for individuals who are working to impact our communities, our cities and our world at large.

Grassroots Business Fund

The Grassroots Business Fund strives to create a world where economic opportunity reaches everyone. Its mission is to grow viable businesses that generate sustainable earnings or savings for people with low incomes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Good Capital

Good Capital accelerates the flow of capital to enterprises that create innovative, market-based solutions to inequality, poverty, and other social problems and in doing so amplify their total impact.


FINCA provides financial services to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living.

Developing World Markets

Developing World Markets is an asset manager and investment bank dedicated to making socially positive investments in order to promote sustainable economic and social development on a global scale.

Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is the world's largest education innovation company serving the 700 million children whose families live on less than $2 USD per day. We strive to provide a high-quality education to the more than 100,000 pupils who attend Bridge’s nursery and primary schools across Africa and soon Asia....

Across Africa

All Across Africa creates market-driven employment opportunities to improve and empower the lives of rural and poor people across Africa.