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Elizabeth McGeveran
Elizabeth McGeveran
Elizabeth McGeveran is Impact Investing program director at The McKnight Foundation. Read her bio and follow her on Twitter @EMcGev.

How Can Foundations Influence Investors? Just Ask!

  Question: How does a comparatively small foundation get fund managers with $1.5 trillion dollars to stand up and be counted on climate change? Answer: Ask them.

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Scrubbing Coal, Supporting Communities

  As of Feb. 1, 2016, the McKnight Foundation’s $188 million bond portfolio is coal-free. It’s a move we made to further align our investments with our grantmaking goals of building a low-carbon economy. And as this economy-wide transformation advances, coal debt is likely to become increasingly unattractive to long-term investors. The process was relatively […]

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The Road Through Paris: Building a Low-Carbon Economy with Investing and Philanthropy

This week, all eyes are on Paris as world leaders gather at the UN climate summit to tackle the greatest challenge of our generation. McKnight president Kate Wolford will be part of the historic event, joining a delegation of investors working to build low-carbon investment opportunities. While a strong international agreement is absolutely essential, we must […]

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Elizabeth McGeveran: Fighting Climate Change One Step at a Time

On Thursday, the Minnesota town of Cologne (population 1,500) signed a deal making it our first local government to go solar. This town will host a SunShare community solar garden, which will save $40,000 a year by fueling city buildings and sending electricity into the grid. The municipality looked at its assets, identified a partner, and took action. This […]

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Elizabeth McGeveran: Small decisions equal big opportunity for investor influence on carbon disclosure

Last week in Minneapolis, hundreds of people gathered at the Economic Club of Minnesota, which provides a non-partisan platform for business, government, and public policy leaders to present ideas on how Minnesota can better compete in the global economy. The packed house came together for the national release of Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change & Economic Risk in the Midwest, a new […]

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