Social Impact Investments


The nonprofit and public sectors alone cannot provide all the ideas, resources, and talented people needed to advance the Foundation's strategic priorities.


The Foundation's social-impact investing enables mission-driven companies to secure the risk capital, networks, and resources they need to develop products, deploy services and address societal issues at the individual and community level.



  • Take advantage of regional expertise to support developments that will benefit the region and society​
  • Complement existing projects from companies not eligible for traditional grant support


  • Leverage talent and innovation from local institutions to uncover new opportunities​
  • Explore collaborations with industry to advance new technologies


  • Improve communications and access to capital for a broad range of companies ​
  • Attract new companies and talent to the region
  • Help to create and promote employment opportunities


  • Explore new finance mechanisms ​to attract private for-profit capital 
  • Promote collaborations between for-profit and non-profit partners to adopt new finance strategies 
  • Support innovative funding approaches by government

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Since 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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