U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Announces Impact Investing Program, Up to $5 Million Available with February 13, 2024 Proposal Deadline
GREENVILLE, S.C – November 20, 2023 – The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) announces a Request for Proposals for a new Impact Investing Program, which is intentionally aimed at generating positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
The program will focus on two areas:
- Community Revitalization: Investments in forest industry-related activities that contribute to the revitalization of forest-reliant communities, particularly in disadvantaged areas, and
- Forest Revitalization: Forest thinning and reforestation activities that contribute to the health and resilience of America’s forest assets.
The program seeks to deploy up to $5 million in 2024 through impact investments in companies, funds, or projects that advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable benefits for the health and vitality of our nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. The Request for Proposals is available here.
“Our Impact Investing Program will allow the Endowment to do more for America’s working forests while also growing our financial resources,” said Pete Madden, the Endowment’s President, and CEO. “We’ll be able to get more financing to our partners while also preserving capital and providing a positive financial return. It complements our traditional grant making. Impact investing is one more way we are using the Endowment’s financial assets to advance our mission.”
The consulting firm Gordian Knot Strategies is supporting the development of the Endowment’s Impact Investing program. There will be an informational webinar about the opportunity in early December; registration information is provided in the Request for Proposal materials.
About the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities:
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit public charity collaborating with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more about the Endowment, please visit our website at www.usendowment.org.
About Gordian Knot Strategies:
Gordian Knot Strategies (GKS) is a leading consulting firm specializing in strategic climate solutions. We provide advisory and project management services to a global clientele interested in climate finance, impact investing, carbon asset development, and go-to-market strategies. To learn more about Gordian Knot Strategies, please visit gordianknotstrategies.com.
For more information contact:
Wendy McCarthy, Director of Public Relations at Crawford Agency