While philanthropy continues to be a powerful force for change, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with development aid and national government spending, continue to make up a tiny fraction of the financing needed to address the world’s biggest problems. Today, a new generation of investors want to use investment funds to address global challenges, from climate change to lack of access to healthcare and education, while also generating a financial return. Meanwhile, foundations, governments and financial institutions are developing new innovative forms of financing. These will require changes in thinking and new business models on the part of the traditional asset management industry. Ways of measuring returns will also need to be found. However, at a time of austerity and public sector retrenchment, these financing mechanisms are becoming more important, both to stimulate innovation and to work alongside traditional forms of assistance. Many now believe that capital markets—if equipped with new, financially attractive investment products—could provide a rich seam of funding with which to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
FT Investing for Good, organised in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, will gather leading foundations, institutional and individual investors, investment professionals and advisors, fund managers, development finance institutions, and policymakers to discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist at the intersection of philanthropy and investment.