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ChangeCapital is part of our new approach to philanthropy. It’s a smart donation option that allows donors to amplify the social return of every dollar given.

How does it work?

  1. You make a tax-deductible donation to ChangeCapital at Tides Canada.
  2. Tides Canada invests ChangeCapital in socially and environmentally focused opportunities. For example, loans to create social housing or equity investments that build a green economy. ChangeCapital investments generate both a financial and social return.
  3. At the end of the investment term, the returns and capital can be directed to charities, creating more social good.

Together, we add more social impact to financial returns on every dollar you donate.

How is ChangeCapital different from traditional philanthropy?

Donations to charities are usually made from money set aside by donors for charitable purposes and are typically put to work on immediate challenges. While investments are usually treated separately, with a strong financial return as the primary objective. Often, this money is invested in traditional stock and bond markets. But these investments typically don’t advance the mission of donors and foundations.

In contrast, donations to ChangeCapital are invested to create positive social and financial returns, putting both your philanthropic and your investment money to good work immediately. As the investments mature, ChangeCapital investments can be put to work a second time by reinvesting the funds or granting them to charitable activities.

What kind of investments does ChangeCapital make?

Investments are made in sectors that advance Tides Canada’s goal of advancing smart, integrated solutions to tough social and environmental problems. These include:

  • Low-carbon economy
  • Affordable housing
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Freshwater protection
  • Environmental innovation
  • Economic opportunities for marginalized communities

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