Land Trust Invests in Social Impact Pool

May 08, 2022
The Land Trust recently changed how we invest our stewardship funds to better align with our organization’s mission and values.


The Land Trust recently changed how we invest our stewardship funds to better align with our organization’s mission and values. These funds have been held by Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) for many years and are for the long-term stewardship of our protected lands. OCF will still hold the funds, but they have been moved into a Social Impact Pool.

"The Land Trust is committed to sustainability in our operations and we try our best to minimize our impact on the natural world and our community in all areas of our work," said executive director Rika Ayotte. "Our financial investments are no exception, which is why we are excited to be participating in OCF’s Social Impact Pool which allows us to target the investment of our long-term stewardship funds into companies who share our values."

The Social Impact Pool at OCF seeks to invest in companies that have strong records in three areas: environment, social, and governance. In the environment category, investment managers are looking at companies that are positively addressing climate change, natural resource use, reducing pollution and waste, and seeking environmental opportunities. In the social category, investment managers are looking at companies that demonstrate good social responsibility like the appropriate use of labor and seizing opportunities to increase social responsibility. In the governance category, investment managers are looking for companies that are employing good principles of corporate governance and behavior, including equitable pay, ownership structures, anti-competitive practices, and business ethics, among others. Learn more about the Social Impact Pool at OCF.