Mission Related Investments

Craft3 provides financing to innovative technology company, Enertechnix Process Sensors, Inc. (“EPSI”) to help the company survive and rebuild its sales function so that it can continue its work in preventing harmful industrial impacts on the environment. Click here to learn more.  Craft3 is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological, and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. The company provides loans and assistance to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals and others that lack access to financing. Since inception, Craft3 reports it has invested more than $423 million in 5,000 individuals and businesses in Oregon and Washington.

To learn more about what a CDFI does, click here. Interested in learning about other CDFIs across the country? Click here.

SOCAP_logoThis month more than 2,500 people gathered at the ninth Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference, billed as the intersection of money and meaning.  The conference is designed to be the place where businesses built to solve the biggest problems meet investors, peers, partners and those who make it happen.  Launched in 2008 in the midst of the economic crises, the conference has grown is size and scope. Coblentz was thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor, attend and speak at this event and we came away with the following takeaways:

Continue Reading Takeaways From SOCAP16: The Social Capital Markets Conference

photo-1454165804606-c3d57bc86b40Those responsible for managing a private foundation’s investment assets may not always understand the unique fiduciary and tax constraints imposed on private foundations and their managers by both state and federal law.

Why is this important? 

Running afoul of the rules can result in costly excise taxes that can be imposed on both the foundation and its managers, and in the most extreme cases, can lead to revocation of tax-exempt status.

Continue Reading Investing Private Foundation Assets: What Every Foundation Manager Should Know

On April 25, 2016, Joan and Sandy Weill announced their donation of $185 million to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences in an ambitious effort to accelerate the development of new therapies for diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, including psychiatric disorders. This is the largest single donation in UCSF History. Learn more in the video below, or read about the donation here.