Gratitude Railroad was founded in 2013 by Howard Fischer and Eric Jacobsen after attending the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Howard, a hedge fund CEO, and Eric, a tech entrepreneur and private equity investor, developed Gratitude Railroad to transform traditional capitalism into a force for solving critical environmental and social problems.
Gratitude Railroad serves as a community and catalyst for investors to learn, discuss and invest across asset classes focused on delivering top tier returns and helping to solve environmental and social challenges. Our community has achieved significant success as investors, operators and entrepreneurs across various sectors and stages in the traditional capital markets.
Gratitude Railroad develops investment funds across asset classes with leading investment professionals delivering top tier returns and solving social and environmental problems. Additionally we make direct investments in businesses that do not fit within the funds’ criteria but are consistent with our thesis of delivering positive economic, social and environmental impact.
We can operate from concept through execution by partnering with leading investment professionals, helping define the investment strategy, providing seed capital for the fund, being advisors and co-investment partners.
In addition to our fund incubation efforts, we gather regularly as a community to discuss key social and environmental issues and identify for-profit investment opportunities to assist in solving these critical challenges.
We’re thrilled to announce the fifth annual convening of the Gratitude Railroad Community. Actionable, participative and curated, this mountainous retreat is designed to connect the brightest investors with thought leaders and ecosystem partners to discuss, debate and act on investment opportunities that matter.
This year registration is capped to create an intimate and engaging experience.
To expand the Gratitude Railroad community year round, we regularly host evening gatherings in cities across the United States. We collaborate with like-minded entities to convene investors & ecosystem partners in compelling conversations, purposeful connections & meaningful investment opportunities. Please be in touch if you’d like to participate in one of our upcoming dinners.
JUST BUSINESS - Founded in 2006, they began by incubating the non-profit Not For Sale as a response to human trafficking and labor exploitation, and has continued to invest in and incubate profitable and forward- thinking ventures dedicated to positive impact in the world.
Conscious Company Magazine - The first print and digital, nationally distributed publication in the US to focus solely on sustainable business. With four issues in 2015, Conscious Company Magazine has quickly become a leading source of information for and about sustainable businesses.
B Corps - For-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
TONIIC - A global action community for impact investors. They increase the velocity of money and services into impact investing to address global challenges.
Conscious Capitalism Inc.- A non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism through events, presentations, publications and social media.
Just Capital- A nonprofit that measures corporate performance based on the public's definition of JUST behavior.
Inside Circle- Helping Prisoners and Parolees Heal From the Inside.
Carbon Underground- Connects the worlds of academia, business, financial markets, government and the general public to avert catastrophic climate change.
Acumen- Raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
CREO- Cleantech, Renewable Energy and Environmental Opportunities.
Launchpad Digital Health- A next generation digital health accelerator for startup companies, located in the SOMA district of San Francisco.
Legacy Works- Works to achieve conservation, ecological restoration, and environmental improvement goals for communities.
Generation Investments- Dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability research, and client alignment
Calvert Foundation- Offering community investment notes that fight poverty, finance affordable homes and fund small and micro businesses.
Lyme Tiber- Private timberland investment management organization (TIMO) that focuses on the acquisition and sustainable management of lands with unique conservation values.
Sorenson Center- An applied academic institution at the University of Utah dedicated to catalyzing high impact programs, policies and investments.
Fledge- The conscious company accelerator
Village Capital - Finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems
Purpose.com- Moves people to remake the world
TNC- Protects Earth's natural resources and beauty