The core of A to Z’s work is investing 100% of our endowment in impact-first investments, where we will happily sacrifice financial returns for positive societal outcomes.
We look for founders and fund managers with similarly impact-aligned practices, from their employees, culture, and mission to their products and services. If we are not aligned on the impact front, we move on.
We prefer catalytic opportunities, helping young organizations to ignite their ideas.
Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Haiti.
Livelihoods and quality healthcare, with a bias for gender-smart initiatives and proximate founders.
1 – No Poverty
3 – Good Health
8 – Decent Work.
Preference toward direct investing in social enterprises or innovative NGOs. Will also consider impact-aligned funds.
Agnostic. We seek to do what is best for the organization and are unafraid of complexity. If that means equity, we invest in equity. If debt, we can take debt. If alternative financing ideas that are outside of the traditional securities are best, we will happily oblige.
Across the US.
Gender and racial equity.
5 – Gender Equality
8 – Decent Work
10 – Reduced Inequalities.
Strong preference for indirect investing via diverse emerging fund managers. Open to venture, PE, real estate, debt, and everything in between. Will consider direct loans to nonprofits.