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What if investments could generate not only a financial return, but a social return? What if we could take that even further and apply that in a charitable context to make an even bigger impact?
Since inception, Tides Canada has engaged in responsible investing. Our investment portfolio is fossil fuel–free, and our approach takes into consideration the latest environmental, social, and governance criteria. We believe in using economic levers to create positive social change and encourage corporate responsibility. Traditional investing often pits the goal of profit against creating social and environmental benefit. With impact investing, one is not sacrificed for the other—investments are made in companies, organizations, and initiatives to generate positive social impact and a financial return. At Tides Canada, we are excited about the potential of impact investing. We are committed to growing impact investing in Canada and creating a space for the private, public, and social sectors to work together to uncover new solutions to environmental and social challenges.
We launched ChangeCapital, a new approach to philanthropy that allows donors to amplify the social return on every dollar donated. Donations to ChangeCapital support investments in socially and environmentally focused opportunities ranging from support for local, sustainable food enterprises to financing for community energy projects. At the end of the investment term, the returns and capital can be directed to charities, creating more social good.
In 2013, Tides Canada joined with Vancity Community Foundation, the Bealight Foundation, the Trico Foundation, and Reseau D’Investissement Social Du Quebec to form the New Market Funds Society (NMFS). These organizations, along with many others, recognized the need to develop and support the growth of impact investing, and help make funds available for social good. NMFS has been designed to act as a community-focused impact investment intermediary, with a goal to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of charities in the communities they serve.
Tides Canada is part of a new impact investing partnership with SVX. We are leading research on new impact investing solutions and supporting capacity building for charities to enable their use of the SVX platform, which connects impact ventures, funds, and investors, for mission-aligned investing.