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100 Unique Investors

One year and a few weeks after launching our philanthropic investment service, the 100th investor has made a donation and recommended an investment. And before we could tout that milestone, the 101st donation arrived as a gift of appreciated shares. The 100th investor recommended an opportunity managed by Mission Driven Finance, to be invested in Nano PharmaSolutions. The 99th investor...

COVIDWA.com

What can a few dozen Microsoft alumni do over a weekend to help end the pandemic? They can and did create a website to track where residents of Washington State can schedule their vaccine appointments, www.COVIDWA.com From their FAQ: We are a rapidly-growing volunteer group with over 70 members from WA State and around the world. We were frustrated at how long it took to try each vaccination...

It Works!

February 2020, just before the pandemic was daily news, Realize Impact launched it’s philanthropic investment service. At the time we had just one signed partner, Seattle Foundation. In February we quietly launched, informing just a few people in the impact investing industry. By June, over $1.1 million of capital had flowed through the service from a few dozen donor/investors into five...

Three Funds

In addition to our off-the-shelf service that lets anyone turn philanthropic capital into an impact investment, this year Realize Impact now also operates three philanthropic investment funds for three partners.   The Decarbon8-US fund is for those who believe in the power of entrepreneurship and technology and wonder what more they can do to mitigate climate change. Created in partnership...

Recycling our first $105,336 ROI

Back in May, at the start of the pandemic, the U.S. SBA rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program (a.k.a. the PPP). It was big news. What we also learned then was that most of this money wasn’t going into the hands of the small, Main Street businesses due to a host of systemic issues. One unspoken issue was that lenders could only lend the money they had in their reserves. The government...

$1.1 million of Impact Investments

Realize Impact launched its Philanthropic Investment Grant service in the last few days of February, 2020. The purpose was to make it easy for anyone with a donor advised fund, private foundation, or any donor to turn philanthropic giving into impact investments. $1,100,000+ Donors love that simplicity. In its first three months, over $1,100,000 of new impact investments have been made, into five...

Simplifying Impact Investing

Realize Impact makes impact investing simple, at least when done with philanthropic dollars. For that we use a Philanthropic Investment Grant (PHIG). In short, you recommend an investment, tell us what impact you think it’ll have, and then donate the matching capital. If the opportunity is open to others, we’ll share it with every investor we know, to help turn your suggestion into a...

Not dealflow, but investorflow

The problem in scaling impact investing is threefold: Impact investors are spread around the world, investing all around the globe. This makes it incredibly difficult for those seeking funding to find these investors. It also means that investors tend not to know each other. If they do, they tend only to meet once or twice per year at impact investing events. Impact investors have...

A 501(c)3 Public Charity

Realize Impact, EIN 46-3594732, was granted tax exempt status by the IRS under Section 501(c)3 in June 2014 for its charitable mission: Realize Impact is organized and operated exclusively for the charitable proposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, specifically to provide financial support, mentorship, and other assistance to early-stage socially...

Mission: Funding Impactful Startups

Realize Impact is a public charity whose mission is to fund and support impactful startups. We believe that “doing good” should not be the sole realm of non-profits. We help companies that are tackling the most important social, civic, and environmental problems facing our world. Founded in 2013, we have helped fund several startups that are changing the world, and we’ve...