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Impact 2014: Ideas for Making a Difference in the Coming Year

January 2014

Our sector is facing many ongoing social and environmental challenges in 2014. With that in mind, Arabella asked some of the most innovative and dedicated people in philanthropy to share their insights about what donors should know in the coming year. From ways we can better frame our stories of success to engender more of it, to outlining opportunities to improve access to post-secondary education, invest in healthy communities, and advocate for our environment, to strategies for engaging the voices of women and Latinos, these pieces point us toward smart, timely strategies for lasting impact.

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Experiences in Impact Investing in Africa, part 2

December 2013

The second webinar in a series hosted by the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group and Arabella Advisors, this conversation covered the characteristics of funders’ investments in Africa and offered insights about their experiences managing their investments and investees at different investment levels. The panelists included: 

Niamani Mutima, Executive Director, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group
Cynthia Muller, Director of Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors
Brinda Ganguly, Associate Director, the Rockefeller Foundation
Brett Stevenson, Manager, Global Impact Investing Network

View and listen to the entire conversation to learn more.

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Health Philanthropy: New Players and Approaches

November 2013

The fields of health and health philanthropy have seen dramatic changes in recent years. This special report from Grantmakers in Health and Arabella Advisors explores the role that new actors are playing in the field of health philanthropy, as well as the unique attributes, approaches, and priorities that they bring to the field. The pioneering approaches of nontraditional actors in health philanthropy present opportunities for traditional funders—and for the field as a whole—to make the most of the enormous potential of the changes that face the US health system.

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Opportunities to Address Long-Term Unemployment

October 2013

Arabella Advisors, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, conducted an in-depth analysis of the causes and consequences of long-term unemployment and strategies to effectively address it.

This report identifies approaches to:

  • Increase employer demand for workers who are vulnerable to long-term unemployment
  • Ensure long-term unemployed workers have the skills and credentials necessary to access and retain
    middle-wage jobs
  • Improve employment processes to better match long-unemployed job seekers with open jobs

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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

September 2013

This guide from Mission Investors Exchange and the Council on Foundations features resources and connections for community foundations interested in learning about, designing, and activating impact investing programs. The vision for this Field Guide came from the collective wisdom of a working group convened by the Council on Foundation in August 2012. Arabella Advisors was part of the working group that met over the course of the year to strategize on how best to move the community foundation field forward in impact investing. Cynthia Muller, Arabella’s director of impact investing, also contributed the Choosing Your Investments chapter.  

Use the Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing on the Mission Investors Exchange site here.