Press Release
EFM named one of top 50 impact investment fund managers

For Immediate Release

October 2nd, 2012


Amrita Vijay Kumar

Director, Conservation Finance, EFM

EFM named one of top 50 impact investment fund managers

Portland, Ore., October 2, 2012 — Ecotrust Forest Management has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2012 — an open-source, publicly published database of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers. The ImpactAssets 50 2012 is a resource for advisors and investors seeking to respond to the growing demand for investment opportunities that deliver both financial and social or environmental returns, and is now available here.

This annually updated list is a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their wealth advisors, offering an easy way to identify experienced impact investment firms and explore potential investment options. The IA 50 is intended to illustrate the breadth of impact investment fund managers operating today; the IA 50 2012 represents $10.2 billion of capital invested across geographies, sectors, asset classes and impact areas such as community development, microfinance and clean technology.

A selection committee chaired by ImpactAssets’ Chief Strategist, Jed Emerson, and comprised of industry experts, selects firms according to a set of criteria developed to ensure that the list includes a diverse set of firms. Criteria for inclusion include firms that: have more than three years of experience in the impact investing field; invest through private debt or equity; and a demonstrate commitment to social and environmental impact at the portfolio level and corporate responsibility at the firm level.

“EFM is honored to be named among the 50 best impact investment fund managers in the world. We are committed to demonstrating an alternative approach to managing forests in the region — one that can be financially competitive, while at the same time beneficial to the health and resilience of ecosystems and rural communities,”says Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management.


About Ecotrust Forest Management
Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) is a private forestland investment management company that strategically acquires and manages ecologically significant forestland in the Western United States on behalf of investors and forestland owners. We aim to implement a style of forestry that can be economically viable, while at the same time beneficial to the health and resilience of ecosystems and rural communities. We were founded in 2004, and currently manage 13,000 acres of forestland in Oregon and Washington on behalf of our investors. More at

About ImpactAssets
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social and environmental returns. Our impact investment strategies, donor advised fund and knowledge resources provide a dynamic platform for wealth managers and the clients they serve to advance social or environmental change through investment. ImpactAssets seeks to shed light on and drive capital to the field’s most promising organizations and initiatives, helping to build the field of impact investing. More at