There is nothing scientific about this poll - it is a widget on a blog not a phone call from Gallup. There were 155 votes - I have no idea from whom, so even if 155 voters was a lot (which it isn't) we know nothing about who or what these people represent. We do know it is not a random sample of the universe weighted for demographic (or any other kinds of) variables.
Caveats out of the way...drum roll please...
When asked "How should a foundation's social purpose be reflected in its investments?"
31.6% (n = 49 ) of voters thought
"Financial investments should fully support the social purpose of the foundation"
34.2% (n = 53) thought
"The foundation's social purpose should be considered in making investment decisions"
24.5% (n = 38) thought
"Financial investments should not contradict the social purpose of the foundation."
9% (n = 14) thought
"Foundations should invest for maximum return and use shareholder power to express social concerns."
0.6% (n = 1) thought
"Maximum financial return on investment portfolio is all that matters"
For once I'm going to hold my opinion to myself for a minute. What do you think of those results?
I think I would be in line with the 24% who said this: "Financial investments should not contradict the social purpose of the foundation."
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