Building a Portfolio & Executing a Strategy

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Doug Stamm,
CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust.

Doug Stamm's presentation from the 2009 Take Action! Impact Investing Conference in San Francisco.

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Building a Portfolio & Executing a Strategy

  1. 1. More for Mission: The Campaign for Mission Investing Doug Stamm CEO Meyer Memorial Trust www.mmt.orgwww.moreformission.org
  2. 2. Mission Investing at MMT• 1984 - Ad-hoc PRIs• 1993 - MMT first MRI-VC investing in sustainable companies in Pacific Northwest• 2002 - Reviewed Trust mission and all programs…including investment strategy• 2002 - Launched PRI program• 2005 - Set on course to increase impact through MRIs• 2007 - Trustees commit to developing comprehensive MRI plan --- Co-launched More for Mission Campaign & engaged Cambridge Investment Advisors• 2009 – Review investment objectives, asset allocation, MRI investment opportunities• FY 2008 – 8% of total assets = MRIs
  3. 3. Mission Investing in Practice at MMT• CDARS – Community bank, increases community based loan capacity• Nth Power, "cleantech" VC• Endeavour, a buyout firm investing in regional middle market companies• OVP, VC investing in life sciences and internet sectors• Voyager, a VC investing in digital media and wireless technology• Community Capital – fixed income with targeted impact• Emerging Market Fund and Oregon specific fund in development
  4. 4. Barriers to Mission Investing• Board risk aversion, perception of fiduciary duty, no guiding mission investing policy• Traditional view that foundation seeks to outperform market with 95% and create high impact through grants• Investment Team and Program Team working in silos• Gatekeepers’ unfamiliarity with investment intermediaries and concept of mission investing• Lack of robust manager selection

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