The goal of Canopy Research is to help regional stakeholders understand the basics of place-based investing, learn best practices from field leaders and discover cutting edge developments in the field in order to turn information into action that supports our local communities. This page is a source of research and resources to build knowledge for existing and aspiring regional investors.


Canopy staff, independently or in collaboration with our strategic partners, periodically develops white papers and other strategic research to advance the field of regional or place-based investing. We hope the following publications help advance your learning on topics relevant to Canopy members and community stakeholders.


  • Canopy_PNW Capital Scan_pg1

    The 2016 Pacific Northwest Capital Scan  |  University of Oregon, Threshold Group & Canopy


  • Canopy - Capital Scan - final

    Canopy: Committed to Investing in Our Region  |  Canopy

  • Canopy - Capital Scan - final

    Canopy Capital Scan Preview  |  Canopy

  • Council on Foundations White Paper_IMG_Page_01

    Effective and Emerging Approaches to Mission-Related Investing  |  Canopy & Council on Foundations


As a learning organization, we want to highlight important work released by other field builders. We have included the following publications to provide general learning on topics related to impact investing broadly, and place-based investing or community investing specifically.  If you have recommendations for additional resources, please let us know here.