Impact InvestmentsMarket 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.