About Elizabeth

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Funk is a leader in bringing for-profit investment dollars to help solve the world’s toughest problems. She is founder and CEO of Dignity Capital, a collection of Impact Investing funds and projects. She is the Senior General Partner at DevEquity an innovative fund providing for-profit venture-style investment funding to social enterprises in Latin America.

Elizabeth was one of the early pioneers in impact investing. She created the Dignity Fund in 2004, one of the first for-profit funds mobilizing investment capital for the Microfinance industry.

Elizabeth continues to be an active voice in the impact sector, as a board member, investment committee member, public speaker, investor, advisor and mentor. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of capital to address the world’s most pressing problems.

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What Is Impact Investing

Impact investing is investing money with a purpose. The person who makes the investment wants to profit from the investment. However, they also want to help realize a measurable community improvement goal.

The world’s most pressing problems are just too enormous to be solved by donated dollars alone. Put bluntly, if people get rich solving the world’s problems, those problems will get solved. We believe it is not unethical or inappropriate to make a profit while helping others; These positive returns are what allow us to attract the scope of capital necessary to make substantial, lasting impact. Structuring an organization to be sustainable means the management can focus their attention on growing the business, rather than fundraising for donated dollars.

We work with a select group of funds and projects that all have one thing in common: a dedication to making the world a better place, while making investors and stakeholders a fair and attractive return on their money.

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Project Showcase

Candid Cacao

Candid Cacao

Nahua is Costa Rica’s leading brand of fine artisan chocolate. Working directly with select local farming communities, Nahua’s ...

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Glide Housing

Glide Housing

When people talk about “fixing the homeless crisis,” they can sometimes see it in a very simplified way, thinking if ...

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Dignity Fund

Dignity Fund

The Dignity Fund was Elizabeth Funk’s first endeavour in the field of social impact investing She founded it in ...

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Unitus

Unitus

Unitus is a federation of enterprises with a common mission to reduce global poverty through economic self-empowerment.

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Our Impact

23

Funded 23 Microfinance organizations around the globe

100 + Million

On-lend over $100 million to poor entrepreneurs in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Tajikistan

10 Million

Under her watch, Unitus helped over 10 million families move forward out of poverty

12

Elizabeth served for 12 years on the Board of Directors of Glide Community Development and the Glide Community Development Organization.