What are the Top Communities For Investors to Converge to Address Shared Problems

Investors across the United States have been developing effective and sustainable strategies to solve social issues, such as educational reforms, government innovation, and public health issues, as well as putting them into action. With innovative approaches and systemic solutions, the investors address both simple and complex problems of our time through creative collaboration that help them join their forces and achieve their common goals. Two examples include Bloomberg Philanthropies and Education SuperHighway.






  • The website of Water Funder Initiative is http://waterfunder.org/.
  • The Water Funder Initiative is a collaborative organization that supports approaches applicable to solving water crises across the US and the globe and ensuring sustainable use of water.
  • The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Lyda Hill Philanthropies, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Pisces Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation are among the Water Funder Initiative’s members.
  • Additionally, Water Funder collaborates with the US Government and the State of California to support a comprehensive strategy that lays the groundwork for the Salton Sea’s restoration effort and long-term management program.
  • Projects of Water Funder Initiative are directed to ensuring clean water supply to people and nature, recovery of freshwater ecosystems and proactively managing water supply to cities, rural and agricultural communities.
  • The Water Funder Initiative identified a couple of objectives that include bringing basins and watersheds “into balance” and strengthening the resilience of watershed air systems. To launch these efforts the organization’s funders “have committed $100 million to transformative water-related solutions, toward a $150 million goal.”
  • The Initiative’s major actions set forth to accomplish its aims includes coordinated philanthropic actions like granting funds to communities, developing data and information systems, improving strategic communications, and encouraging innovations.


  • The website of Investor Environment Health Network is https://iehn.org/.
  • The Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) is a “membership-based, investor collaborative that promotes the use of safer chemicals to enhance shareholder value, public health, and the environment.” Key areas of focus are environmental and public health policy.
  • 17 investment companies, including Amalgamated Bank, Calvert Group, Boston Common Asset Management, Domini Social Investments, and Citizens Advisers, established the Investor Environmental Health Network.
  • Other key members include the As You Sow Foundation, Basilian Fathers of Toronto and Dignity Health.
  • The Investor Environmental Health Network works to promote environmental health solutions such as the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP). CFP fundamentally changes how companies handle chemicals.
  • In 2010, the Investor Environment Health Network, in collaboration with Green Century Funds, aimed to improve drilling firms’ openness and to compel them to provide information on drilling’s environmental impact. It is likely these types of policy-generating activities are what the Network primarily uses for engagement activities.
  • As a membership association it provides its members with webinars, resources used for advocacy, collaborative working groups, and research (e.g., chemical footprint assessments).

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