The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet
Stanford Social Innovation Review | Winter 2018
PRIME, MIT and Cambridge Associates co-authored a cover story for the SSIR Magazine. It characterizes the capital gap that PRIME aims to fill with charitable capital.
Confluence Philanthropy and CREO invited PRIME and Cambridge Associates to present about our findings from the SSIR article, “The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet.” This webinar is moderated by PRIME board member Alicia Seiger at Stanford University.
Climate Impact Assessment for Early-Stage Ventures
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority | Winter 2018
PRIME partnered with NYSERDA, New York State’s energy innovation agency, to develop a methodology for assessing the potential climate impact of early-stage ventures. The ultimate goal of this report is to help early-stage (Seed and Series A) investors allocate capital to new ventures that promise climate change mitigation at large scale.
SSIR invited PRIME’s Sarah Kearney and Scott Burger to deliver a podcast to accompany the release of our article “The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet.”
PRIME and MIT teamed up to describe the various options that foundations can use to place charitable capital into for-profit companies and projects. The practice briefing explains the mechanics used in PRIME’s early investment syndicates.
PRIME and MIT teamed up to describe the various options that DAFs can use to place charitable capital into for-profit companies and projects. The practice briefing explains the mechanics used in PRIME’s early investment syndicates
Sarah Kearney from PRIME and David Bank from ImpactAlpha presented to the ARPA-E community about the state of the marketplace for charitable investors in the US, focusing on how the asset owners might someday be activated to support energy innovation.
The Case for an Aligned Intermediary to Accelerate GHG Emissions Reduction
Stanford University | Fall 2015
PRIME, Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, and Stanford’s Global Projects Center joined forces to propose an independent and aligned intermediary that would help long-term institutional investors identify the most promising companies and projects for global greenhouse gas reduction at scale. Based on this report and a subsequent 9-month research project at PRIME, “Aligned Intermediary” spun out of PRIME and now operates as a standalone public benefit corporation based in New York, NY.
Clarifying the IRS’s View on Climate Change as a Charitable Purpose
Columbia Law School Briefing | Spring 2015
PRIME advised a team of Columbia law students to conduct a deep dive into the constraints around climate change as a charitable purpose in the US Tax Code.
Sarah Kearney and Matthew Nordan from PRIME, alongside Professor Fiona Murray from MIT, co-authored a feature article for the SSIR Magazine proposing charitable investment as a critical solution for early-stage, for-profit companies that promise vast social impact.
PRIME board member Alicia Seiger wrote a blog post to announce the PRIME report “How Federal Action Can Galvanize Private Support for Energy Innovation and Deployment.”
Impact Investing in the Energy Sector: How Federal Action Can Galvanize Private Support for Energy Innovation and Deployment
Stanford University | Fall 2014
PRIME, Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, and the Mission Investors Exchange joined forces to describe the current landscape of investors and support organizations across the energy innovation and deployment pipeline. This paper describes the disjointed nature of energy impact investing in 2014 and how the federal government might catalyze increased and more coordinated investment activity.
Philanthropy’s (unexplored) Role in the Fight Against Climate Change
Thomson Reuters | Spring 2014
PRIME Founder Sarah Kearney wrote an Op-Ed proposing philanthropic capital as an under-utilized asset in the fight against climate change. This article points out a glaring hole in the Packard Foundation’s 2007 report “Design to Win: Philanthropy’s Role in the Fight Against Global Warming.”