Realize Impact – Making impact investing easy

Impact Investing is complicated. How do you balance impact and investment returns, local vs. global impact, 17 sustainable development goals, debt, equity, and revenue-share? All this while also deciding whether to invest from your savings, your family office, or your foundation or donor advised fund?

Realize Impact is here to help make impact investing simple. We know how to make impact investments, create impact, and then harvest the investment returns. What we looking for are your recommendations for impactful impact investments, and the capital to make those investments.

Realize Impact can help you in three simple steps:


Make a grant from your donor-advised fund, foundation, or your own funds, recommending an impact investment


Realize Impact does the diligence, reviews the terms, and makes the debt, equity or revenue-based investment.


We donate 99% of the investment returns to your recommended DAF, foundation or other 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Or in other words, you do the easy parts and we’ll do the complicated parts. When you find a good impact investment, tell us about it. We’ll spread the word so that others can join in too, helping catalyze your capital into yet-more impact. Later, if the investment turns out to be fruitful, we’ll put almost all of those returns into a donor advised fund, foundation, or charity, so it can do even more good for the world, or give us a new suggestion and we’ll invest that capital again and again and again.

We do this for one low flat fee:


$500 for investments
of $10,000 or more.


* There is no fee for investments under $10,000, but the investment returns will not be re-donated.

Philanthropic Investment Grant

A preview of the online PHIG form

See the details on the Philanthropic Investment Grant or contact us to get started.

See the FAQ to answer the most frequently asked questions about this service.

And yes, the service is as simple as it sounds, by design.


The Liist

Impact investors often ask the question…

Where can I invest, today?” To help answer that question, Realize Impact and ImpactAlpha have partnered to publish The Liist, a monthly list of impact funds and impactful companies actively raising capital.

Latest stories

Farm Link Hawaii


Farm Link Hawaii markets itself as Hawaiʻi’s premier online local food marketplace, connecting statewide farmers, ranchers, and food makers with the state’s largest retail consumer market on Oʻahu. Established to address Hawaiʻi’s broken food system and food deserts, FLH has evolved from B2B to B2C to meet growing consumer demand for fresh and “only found here” Hawaiʻi foods. Its operations...

Fiscally Sponsoring: Impact Entrepreneur


2011 was the year the “impact entrepreneur” was born. Until that time, social entrepreneurship had rarely been placed within a context of systems change. As an entrepreneur, I had experienced first-hand the sense of dislocation and frustration that came from trying to build a triple bottom line company (one of the first B Corporations) in the conventional, single bottom line-dominated business...

Restoring the land across Africa


  2023 Audacious Project grantee Wanjira Mathai is at the forefront of re-greening the planet. Through the forest restoration initiative Restore Local, she’s working to help both Africa’s people and its landscapes flourish. Learn more about how her team invests in local restoration projects across the continent — including a tree-growing movement that aims to revitalize 100...

Electric Hydrogen


Electric Hydrogen is building/has built the world’s most powerful electrolyzer to generate green hydrogen. Electric Hydrogen is led by former solar industry executives, has over $1 billion in signed contracts for 2025-2028 delivery, and will reach 30 GW/year manufacturing capacity by 2030 to enable true & lasting fossil-parity green hydrogen at $1/kg. They’re thinking big by using engineering...

Welcoming Piper Bonacquist


Realize Impact welcomes Piper Bonacquist to our team. Piper has a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector and specializes in operations, program management, and governance. Most recently, she was a co-founder and the Director of Operations and Training at Colorado Doula Project. Piper was introduced to impact investing while completing a Master of Nonprofit Management degree at the...

The Liist: June 2023

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ImpactAlpha, June 6 – Energy Peace Partners and impact fund manager Cameo are out to prove that even in conflict zones there are investable opportunities in basic services. But they can’t test their hunch with commercial capital—such financing doesn’t exist for the renewable energy projects the partners are supporting in places like Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So they...



R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund Invests in Sustainable, Community Built Housing in México. R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund, an initiative of Realize Impact and Sprout Enterprise®, announced that the fund has joined Beneficial Returns, an impact investment manager, in an investment to improve the lives of rural Mexicans through community-built housing and infrastructure. R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund is participating in the...

We are Hiring!

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Posted April 2023. Who we are looking for We are seeking a Senior Associate who is passionate about investing to achieve social and environmental impact. In this role, you will receive hands-on experience working with two founding team members in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment, and you will also contribute to the organization’s development and strategy. You will leave an indelible mark...

$100 million toward land restoration

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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...

The Liist: April 2023

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ImpactAlpha, April 4 – The 53rd annual Earth Day is coming up on April 22. Private investors are more engaged than ever.  This month’s Liist of eight impact funds currently raising capital highlights new strategies for restoring land and marine ecosystems, while building healthy, resilient food systems and communities.  Latin America, home to some of the most biodiverse – and vulnerable...