RBC Global Asset Management Launches A Philanthropy California Impact Investing Collaborative

Investors Contribute $100 Million to Direct Impact Dollars to California Communities


MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Sept. 30, 2020 - RBC Global Asset Management ("RBC GAM"), Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers today announced the launch of the Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative, an impact investing initiative that will support homeownership, job creation, small business growth, and increased access to affordable rental housing, healthcare and education.

The Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative provides a coordinated approach for investors to direct market-rate investments in California with a specific focus on underserved communities and families. As part of the collaborative, foundations, grantmakers and organizations can invest in RBC GAM's impact investing strategies, within their fixed income allocation, that target the geographic areas of interest that are important to their organizations and missions, while also earning a competitive financial return.

San Francisco Foundation, Fresno County Employees' Retirement Association, Weingart Foundation and other California organizations have made initial investments totaling approximately $100 million into RBC GAM's impact investing strategies to launch this initiative.

"We are pleased to collaborate with so many mission-driven organizations on a program that supports impact-related investments that will focus on supporting underserved communities and families across the state of California," said Catherine Banat, Director of U.S. Responsible Investing at RBC Global Asset Management. "We think impact investing can help California thrive and prosper."

Members of Philanthropy California – an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers – grant millions of dollars annually to build economic health in California, and they created this impact initiative because they know that grant dollars alone will not drive the change needed. Their goal is to allow organizations to collaborate across the state of California to generate market-rate returns while supporting affordable housing and community facilities like hospitals and healthcare clinics, as well as small businesses.

"We are excited to work with our California grantmaker peers to raise awareness for impact investing," said Debbie McKeon, President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers. "Market-rate investments that address important community issues can work hand-in-hand with grant dollars to accelerate the contribution foundations can make to help California."

With this investment collaborative, organizations in California are looking to support the communities where they live and serve.

"We believe in the power of impact investing as a catalyst for racial equity and economic inclusion, helping to build affordable housing, grow small businesses, create fair wage jobs, and strengthen the organizations that serve our communities," said Mark Doherty, Director of Investments at San Francisco Foundation.

"We're thrilled to partner with other investors through the Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative to advance progress for our region's most pressing issues."

Nathan Magsig, Chairman of Fresno County Employees' Retirement Association said, "The opportunity to partner across sectors to effect change for our community is compelling and needed now more than ever."

"An equitable recovery must move resources and power to our most vulnerable residents, and no one organization – or sector – can do it alone," said Rosa Benitez, Director of Program Investments at Weingart Foundation. "The Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative leverages collaboration among like-minded investors to help achieve impact at scale."

To learn more about Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative, visit


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About RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM)
RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and includes BlueBay Asset Management and Phillips, Hager & PH&N Institutional. RBC GAM is a provider of global investment management services and solutions to institutional, high-net-worth and individual investors through separate accounts, pooled funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, exchange-traded funds and specialty investment strategies. The RBC GAM group of companies manage approximately $400 billion USD in assets and have approximately 1,400 employees located across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

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