Support a Current Initiative
Croatan Institute works regularly with highly engaged funding partners on path-breaking initiatives addressing critical problems across the landscape of finance, sustainability, and economic development.
The following active projects provide a wide range of opportunities for sponsors, funders, and donors to engage more deeply in the collaborative work of the Institute:
The Inaugural Croatan Forum took place on October 2-4, 2018, in Durham, NC, and was designed as a new gathering for people to engage in deep discussion of pressing issues at the critical nexus where finance, sustainability, and economic development intersect. Watch a video summary of the Inaugural Croatan Forum to learn more.The goal of the Forum is to create a thought-provoking, multi-day conversation where 75-100 people will gather to discuss cross-cutting issues that are central to the Institute's mission, such as place-based investing in regenerative agriculture and resilient, regional food systems; total portfolio approaches to impact investing in climate solutions, business and human rights, and socially inclusive business; investor engagement on environmental and social challenges; and financial sustainability and systemic risk.
The next Croatan Forum is slated for Spring 2020. Contact us to learn about sponsorship opportunites for the Croatan Forum.
Clean Portfolio Project (CPP)
CPP is developing an educational portfolio by identifying investable strategies across a variety of asset classes in themes ranging from renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure, to organic agriculture and clean technology. To learn more about the CPP, and how it is continuing and expanding the work done in the DivestInvest Clean Fifteen, including current sponsorship opportunities, click here. Contact Christi Electris to learn more.
REEFS is an initiative coordinated by Croatan Institute with a growing group of advisers and partners seeking to address structural racism within finance and to integrate racial equity as an explicit factor of analysis and engagement within total portfolio approaches to investing for social impact.For more information or to get involved, please contact Sharlene Brown at REEFS@croataninstitute.org.
The OARS Project is working to identify business and economic development opportunities in regional value chains and to mobilize capital to help build community health and wealth. To learn more about OARS, including sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Contact Kristin Lang to learn more.
The institute is developing an introduction to social and environmental impact investing for individual investors. The online curriculum is currently under development. To learn more about sponsoring this initiative, or for more information, please contact Christi Electris.
Croatan Institute has been coordinating Impact of Equity Engagement (IE2) Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a robust framework for understanding the impact of corporate engagement activities by public equity investors in an effort to integrate public equity investing more deeply into the impact investing field.The work undertaken by IE2 will continue to be a major component of the enlarged initiative. Additionally, the re-launched initiative will be creating a new working group on the impact of bondholder engagement, a growing area of interest among fixed-income investors. Investors interested in exploring more rigorous approaches to measuring the impact of engagement in other asset classes, such as cash, private equity, or real assets, are also welcome to join. As the current coordinator of Investor Engagement for Impact, Croatan Institute is currently reaching out to prospective members who would like to join this new initiative. To learn more about the expansion of the IE2 Initiative to encompass additional asset classes, please contact Christi Electris.
After running crowdfunding trainings since 2014 as technical assistance to foundation grantees, we are now opening up our course to the public, so that we can empower groups working across the new economy to be able to use the latest tools for fundraising to their advantage, from grassroots organizers to independent and cooperative business owners and innovators, as well as nonprofits working for social and environmental justice. With some support from the New Economy Coalition, we will be able to provide some scholarship support to a few qualified groups. To learn about joining the course or sponsoring additional scholarship funds to help this course reach those who need it most, please contact Christi Electris.
How to support these initiatives
- Donate: If you would like to donate to any of the following initiatives, please include a note in the comments field with your donation about the program you would like it to support.
- Sign up: Join our email newsletter to keep on top of the latest developments on each of these projects.
- Sponsor: For more information about the available opportunities or with questions about which opportunity is best for you, please contact Christi Electris.
Special projects like these often emerge from convenings and dialogues with members of the Institute's Founders Circle and other highly engaged funding partners and practitioners in the field. The Institute welcomes inquiries from prospective partners about opportunities to develop new mission-aligned special projects together.
Please contact Josh Humphreys to explore these special opportunities with the Institute.