The Rise Fund and Generation Investment Management join Hg as strategic co-investors to elevate support for delivering and measuring ESG impact
Benevity, Inc., a leading provider of global corporate purpose software, today announced that The Rise Fund and Generation Investment Management (Generation) have joined Hg in support of Benevity’s mission to power purpose-driven businesses. Hg, a leading global software investor, became a majority investor in Benevity in December 2020 and is bringing The Rise Fund and Generation on board as new strategic minority investors.
With strong track records in sustainable and impact investing, the firms will support continued growth and innovation in Benevity’s technology that connects employees and customers to companies’ corporate giving and employee engagement initiatives and helps companies magnify their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals. As part of the transaction Hg has also brought in other, new co-investors including Canadian pension funds CPPIB, AIMCo and Vestcor, demonstrating strong Canadian support for Benevity as a rising technology industry star.
“We’re thrilled to have found like-minded partners in Hg, and now, The Rise Fund and Generation. These world-class investment partners palpably share our fundamental commitment to supporting a new economy – and in fact society – that is underpinned by the pursuit of hybrid goals of profit and purpose,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and Executive Chairperson. “The potential for business to transform the world has never been greater, and with the power of our new partners, Benevity is better positioned than ever to lead a new era of purpose-driven business.”
The investment momentum underscores the combined strength of Benevity’s technology platform and unique vision focused on empowering companies to fulfill their corporate purpose with grassroots-powered quantifiable and measurable actions.
The Rise Fund offers deep expertise in impact measurement and a global network with deep experience working with portfolio companies to accelerate their growth and impact. Maya Chorengel, Co-Managing Partner of The Rise Fund will join Benevity’s Board of Directors. She brings an extensive career in impact investing, along with a breadth of experience growing technology-focused impact companies globally. She is on the board of EverFi, Kiva, Nithio, SEO (Seizing Every Opportunity), and Varo Bank, and is an advisor to several impact investing initiatives and organizations.
As one of the earliest dedicated sustainability investors, Generation is playing an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term benefits of this approach. Generation backs leading companies which are accelerating the transition to a more sustainable, system-positive economy. Lucia Rigo, Partner in the Growth Equity team at Generation, will participate on Benevity’s board as an observer.
Today, more than 650 companies use Benevity’s solutions to engage employees, customers and communities in supporting the causes, issues and Sustainable Development/ESG goals they care about, at scale. In a record-breaking year amidst COVID-19 and unprecedented economic and social upheaval, Benevity facilitated more than $2 billion in support of more than 300,000 nonprofits worldwide that are tackling issues ranging from food insecurity to sustainability to diversity and inclusion and racial equity.