Grants and Giving

At Nia, our mission is to empower investors to play a key role in the transition toward a more inclusive and environmentally sustainable economy. One aspect of working toward that goal includes encouraging transparency and fair business practices within the financial services industry.
Each year at Nia, we highlight several not-for-profit organizations whose work aligns with Nia’s mission of directing money with intention and purpose. In past years we have made donations to Bay Area groups working to transform the financial system. From fostering corporate responsibility to harnessing the power of business for good, there are many high quality non-profits doing essential work. Below is a list of our past Giving Tuesday awardees.

As You Sow

As You Sow’s mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. As You Sow was founded on the belief that many environmental and human rights issues can be resolved by increased corporate responsibility. As investor representatives, they communicate directly with corporate executives to collaboratively develop and implement business models that reduce risk, benefit brand reputation, and protect long term shareholder value while simultaneously bringing about positive change for the environment and human rights

Confluence Philanthropy

Confluence Philanthropy promotes environmental sustainability and social justice by helping to move philanthropy in the direction of mission-aligned investing. They support and catalyze members’ efforts to align asset management with organizational mission. Their international network of mission-aligned investors, which represents nearly $500 billion in assets under management, includes private, public, and community foundations, individual donors and their investment firms.

Gender Equity Now

Gender Equity Now provides data-driven approaches to bring gender parity to the workforce. This fabulous team applies the principle that "you get the behavior you measure" to create aspirational business models that harness the full potential of all employees. Sara and her team have set bold goals to be a national force for change by partnering with conscious companies to elevate gender equality to a business imperative. The GEN Certification is the first gold standard for gender parity in the U.S. workplace. As a national benchmarking tool, GEN recognizes and rewards companies whose practices and processes support gender equality. Companies that are Gender Equity Now Certified recognize the value of gender balance both for their employees and for their own growth. This shift in perspective on gender inclusivity as a business imperative will have lasting impact on women at all levels of their careers, providing equal opportunities for women to create and pursue their own definitions of success. GEN has set bold goals to be a national force for change, and supporters leave a legacy for future generations of women.

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.

RSF Women's Capital Collaborative

This innovative fund is providing capital to women across the finance spectrum---financing female entrepreneurs where they need it most—be it not for profit, or for profit social ventures. This new endeavor, launched earlier this year by RSF Social Finance, supports the diverse needs of women-led social enterprises with both growth capital, business support and a community of allies. The Women’s Collaborative is the first source of holistic, integrated capital to support women-led organizations that serve and empower women and girls. Integrated capital includes financial resources such as loans, loan guarantees, investments and grants, as well as non-financial resources such as advisors, mentors and access to networks.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity SEO Scholars

SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that prepares low-income public high school students for admission to the nation’s most competitive colleges with a 90% college graduation rate. At Nia we know that education is a powerful way to break the cycle of poverty that entraps many people of color, ultimately keeping them from many opportunities, including from our country’s leadership tables. With rigorous out-of-school-time academic support and advising, The SEO Scholars program helps underserved public school students attend and excel at America’s top colleges and universities despite their economic circumstances. SEO scholars is essentially building a pipeline of educational and financial success which has not existed for many, while at the same time building a pipeline of well qualified leaders.

Sum of Us is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.

The GLIMR Project

The GLIMR Project (Looking through a Gender Lens at Market Risks) is intended to broaden what matters in economic decisions by changing who has power and influence in the work of reinventing the economy. The Criterion team takes a broad systemic perspective is bringing together select fund managers and advisors to collectively think through strategies that improve gender lens investing in public equities in order to build more robust practices for gender lens investing. The GLIMR project intends to identify gender data and incorporate the that data into investor analysis to see the impact of changing the way financial decisions are weighted.

The Runway project

Our hats are off to Jessica Norwood and Rani Kruger for their visionary plan to close the gap on start up funding for women and people of color entrepreneurs who do not have access to friends and family round. Their leadership and strategic action will pay dividends. The Runway Project aims to bridge the gap between the average household income of African Americans and the money typically needed by entrepreneurs to successfully start a business. These powerful women, with the support of some awesome men) are creating solutions that help entrepreneurs take off

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