Our funds share four impact goals
We are thematic investors. Across all our strategies, we focus on four specific goals or themes to help us source and select compelling investment opportunities. Closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, these four themes reflect social and environmental trends that are shaping our world.
Investing to improve physical and mental health and well-being
The U.S. is currently facing a number of pressing long-term public health challenges – from the opioid crisis, to the ageing population, to rising obesity among children – all of which are putting ever-greater pressure on the primary care system. Within our Healthier Lives theme, we have sought to invest in solutions such as alternative site services, physician practice management, behavioral and mental health, home care services, and accessible health and fitness facilities.
Here’s how Sunrise is helping to address opioid use disorder in Ohio.
Investing in solutions that boost skills and productivity
Federal education budget cuts are having a disproportionate impact on lower-income areas, resulting in a ever-widening gap between the test scores of rich and poor. Meanwhile higher education is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Americans; and all at a time when up to a third of employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to a lack of qualified talent.
Across the Bridges funds, our Future Skills focus looks to invest in solutions that strengthen after school programming, vocational training, and companies that support better quality jobs and training for the workforce.
Here’s how Springboard is helping to bridge the achievement gap.
Investing in the transition to a lower-carbon economy
The U.S., like most developed countries, needs to reduce carbon emissions to avert climate change. Yet most of the energy consumed in the country still comes from fossil fuels, and less than 20% of waste is recycled.
Bridges’ Sustainable Living theme focuses on investments that help to reduce adverse impacts on the natural environment and promote more efficient use of natural resources – including diverting waste from landfills; promoting a more sustainable approach to food and farming; refurbishing buildings to make them more energy-efficient; and supporting the growth of the renewable energy market.
Investing in solutions that improve access to opportunities and services
The U.S. ranks 23rd out of 30 developed countries for inequality: the bottom 50% have seen no income growth in a generation, and the richest people in the country are now living on average 10 years longer than the poorest. As part of our Stronger Communities goal, we look to invest in solutions that are helping to create jobs, broaden opportunity and provide better-quality, more accessible services in less affluent areas.
Here’s how Medwood is helping primary care physicians expand their services in Brooklyn and Queens.