$1+ million per month

Realize Impact launched the philanthropic investment grants service in February 2020 and by the end of 2023 averaged over $1 million per month in donations, more than $37 million in total since launch, processing more than 400 individual donations. Please help us continue this growth. Make a philanthropic investment today. In what? Check our our blog for our investments and check out The Liist...

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA

If you are over age 70½ (or know someone who is) you can reduce your taxes, even if you don’t itemize deductions on your tax return, by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA.  How does this work?These transfers, known as qualified charitable distributions or QCDs, offer eligible older Americans a great way to easily give to charity before the end of the year...

$100 million toward land restoration

WRI - Restore Local

A big announcement from Realize Impact’s partner in The TerraFund… VANCOUVER, CANADA (April 17, 2023) — At TED2023, the Audacious Project announced that World Resources Institute (WRI)’s Restore Local project will be awarded $100 million over four years to accelerate locally led land restoration in three African landscapes: the Lake Kivu & Rusizi River Basin area, the Cocoa Belt...


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Realize Impact and RiseKit partner to increase access to employment opportunities through technology that connects under-resourced jobseekers, community organizations, employers, governments, and foundations RiseKit and Realize Impact have partnered to increase under-resourced job seekers’ access to employment opportunities, wraparound support, training programs, and events. As RiseKit’s...

Venture Philanthropy

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Did you know you can use your philanthropic “pocket” to make impact investments? One term used for that is “venture philanthropy“, a mix of venture capital and philanthropy. Often one where the impact is just as important as the return on investment, if not more important. What does this look like in action? It varies. From low interest (or 0% interest) loans to SMEs in...

2021 990

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Realize Impact is a 501(c)(3) public charity. As such, we file a 990 tax form annually, and that form is publicly available from the IRS and other databases, or click below to download it directly.

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Impact Investing using ANY Donor Advised Fund

How impact investing works

A donor advised fund is a great way to organize your philanthropy. But did you know that it can also be used to make impact investments? Not just the small selection your community foundation or other DAF sponsor suggests, but (just about) ANY impact investment, whether an impact fund or a mission-driven for-profit company? This is vastly different from what most donor advised funds tell their...

Impact Investing isn’t ESG

The lovely feeling after making an impact investment

The terms “impact investing” and “ESG” (Environmental, Social, and Governance) are not synonyms. The investments Realize Impact does through its philanthropic investment grants (PHIGs) and the investment touted on The Liist are impact investments, with and without regard to ESG. Stanford University’s SSIR explains the history of the two terms and tries to define...

GeekWire Give Back Award Winner (2022)

GeekWire Awards 2022

Pacific Northwest leaders who are wielding tech for good causes are doing great things — and Geekwire annually celebrates those efforts. This year there are three winners: Black Boardroom Initiative, Coding Dojo and, the last of those being a project of Realize Impact. When COVID-19 vaccines began widely rolling out in early 2021, it unleashed an anxious scramble to find...

$14 million

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Since launching in February 2020, in the first 25 months Realize Impact’s philanthropic investment grants service has seen: 139 donor-investors from 12 community foundations, 12 DAF sponsors, 12 family foundations… totaling $14 million… 167 transactions in total… 43 different impact investments.