Lawson Foundation – Impact Investing: Mission-Related Investments


Unlike grants, Impact investments are investments made in companies, organizations and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. These types of investments can be either Mission-Related Investments (MRIs) or Program-Related Investments (PRIs).
Mission-Related Investments (MRI) are investments of assets from the Foundation’s endowment made in for-profit or not-for-profit enterprises with the intention of achieving mission-related objectives as well as typically market-rate, risk-adjusted financial returns. MRIs exist across asset classes and include bonds and deposits, loans, public equity, private equity, venture capital investments and real estate.

Comments on Funding:

Investments are available.


Applicants must be:

  • for-profit enterprises;
  • not-for-profit enterprises;
  • with the intention of achieving mission-related objectives.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit all documents to, including:

  1. Business plan document;
  2. YouTube link to video pitch (optiona);
  3. Document Used for Presentation in Video Pitch, if applicable.

Business plans are only to be submitted via e-mail. If a participant has an issue with this, they must contact their respective competitor coordinator (contact information is available on to discuss other submission arrangements. Under these circumstances, business plans must be submitted one week earlier to accommodate alternative submission methods.

Other Things to Note:

They have closed their Ideas Portal and will not be accepting any unsolicited requests for funding for the rest of this calendar year. They hope to be able to reopen the Ideas Portal in early 2022. No further updates yet.

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