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Since 2014, MacArthur has made grants to help build the impact investing field. Our goal is a robust, dynamic impact investing marketplace that drives deep and sustainable impact for people and the planet by generating and sharing knowledge, improving practices, spurring innovation, and fostering connection and collaboration within and across sectors and regions around the world.

Our field-building grants support diverse investor networks in the United States and globally, as well as initiatives that support impact investment managers, funds, and social entrepreneurs. We make grants to strengthen impact measurement and management standards and practices, as well as public policies that encourage and support growth in this field.

In order to understand the impact of our investments and grantmaking, we develop customized evaluation designs based on the problems we aim to address; our approach to the work; and Foundation priorities around outcomes, impact, and learning. 

MacArthur uses external consultants and resources to track the financial, organizational, and programmatic progress of impact investment recipients. In addition, our recent and upcoming initiatives are aligned with industry norms. 

In addition, MacArthur has undertaken evaluations for several other aspects of our impact investing work through the years. Findings and analyses from our future evaluation activities will be posted publicly as they become available.

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