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Wall Street's Answer to Cancer

April Rudin | Posted 02.11.2016 | Business
April Rudin

It sounds almost too good to be true: making money by curing cancer? How can something so unequivocally good for humanity also yield a financial return?

Trailblazing Women: Suzanne Biegel, Founder of Women Effect, Catalyst at Large Ltd

Anne Ravanona | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Suzanne Biegel is the Founder of Catalyst at Large Ltd and now Women Effect, with more than 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, social impact angel, venture investor, philanthropist, board member and hands on operational manager.

High-Impact Investing

Mark Pinsky | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Mark Pinsky

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is as important and successful as it is simple: Banks that operate with taxpayer-funded support must reinvest in ...

Bill Gates Doubles Down to Scale up Support for New Impact Investing Funds

David Bank | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
David Bank

When Bill Gates agreed a couple years ago to put a small piece of his personal fortune into a fund that invests in companies serving low-income customers in India, he invited the fund managers to return with a plan to scale up their investments and their social impact.

Beyond Wall Street: Transforming the Way We Use Capital

Don Shaffer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Don Shaffer

By Don Shaffer I've been talking to a lot of people lately about RSF Social Finance's decision to walk off Wall Street, and urging others to consid...

Ethical investing - putting your money where your mouth is

Jay Lipman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Jay Lipman

What are your thoughts when you pass on that donation to a charity or homeless chap? If you're anything like me, you probably internally justify that ...

From Davos: Water Is a Valuable Asset - Let's Treat It Like One

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.20.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

When demand outpaces water supply, communities often turn to difficult and costly solutions, such as building reservoirs, importing water or constructing desalination plants. But this week at the World Economic Forum, I'm pushing global leaders to consider a different solution.

Six Ways Impact Investing Is Transforming the Environmental Movement

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.19.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Impact investing is a big topic of conversation this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. I'm participating in various sessions here at Davos on this key opportunity.

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The Big Short

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Fresh from watching the Big Short in a crowded theater in Philly, I wanted to shout out my experiences from that time, using excerpts from my book: "M...

What's So Wrong About Giving Away $45 Billion?

Ryan Scott | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they'll donate 99 percent of their Facebook stock to philanthropic causes over the course of their lifetimes. Terrible, huh?

Disrupting Biodiversity Markets at the Request of President Obama?

Douglas J. Bruggeman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Douglas J. Bruggeman

On November 3rd President Barack Obama issued a memorandum calling for environmental markets to develop large-scale solutions that lead to a net benef...

Startup Investing and Entreprenership in 2016: Top 3 Trends

Payam Zamani | Posted 12.16.2015 | Business
Payam Zamani

2015 was a big year for innovation and angel investing. More and more ideas are being turned to reality with the help of incubators, accelerator programs, and the heavy expansion of web-based collaborative platforms.

Bridging the rhetoric and reality divide in social impact investment

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Dominic Llewellyn

Photo credit: Tim Swaan Three years ago I met a Belgian banker with a social soul. In a bar at St Pancras Station we drank coffee and talked abou...

Problem First, Tool Second: A Flexible Funding Approach to Social Change

Paula Goldman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Paula Goldman

Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced the formation of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, to which they've pledged 99% of their...

From Paris: Finance Innovations Help Island Nations Adapt to Climate Change

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Those were the words of my friend, H.E. Ronald Jumeau, an ambassador from Seychelles who works on climate and island issues, as he addressed attendees at the United Nations' climate change convention this morning in Paris.

Follow Zuckerberg's Lead: Combine Philanthropy and Social Business

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Perry Yeatman

Instead of supporting the antiquated antagonistic view of business vs. philanthropy, why don't you consider joining this hybrid movement and leveraging the power of both business and philanthropy to the greater benefit of all?

DBL Partners' Nancy Pfund: Spotting the Next Tesla and Solar City

David Bank | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
David Bank -- When Nancy Pfund's DBL Partners recently closed its $400 million third fund, ImpactAlpha wrote, "Want to spot the next Tesla? W...

New Funding Model Gets Social Enterprises through Valley of Death

Don Shaffer | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

The fact that we're seeing this fresh focus on the uses of capital to achieve social benefits tells us that there is a real opening now for vastly greater collaboration between impact investors and community banks. It's up to us to create a finance infrastructure that enables social enterprises to thrive.

Women Sherpas-Mission Impossible and Impact Invest

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Robert Rubinstein

Did you ever notice how financial institutions start their path towards ESG and Impact Integration through female leadership. I meet so many women who's job is to get ESG and Impact Investing (Sustainability) anchored within a bank, insurance company, family office, pension fund, or asset managers.

The Impact Investing Illusion

Kevin Lynch | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

Do you sincerely believe that at the end of the day, Goldman Sachs cares more about social impact than about financial returns?

An Impact Investing Holiday Reading List

Elizabeth Coston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Coston

Image credit: Image by pixabay, licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 Generic license. The holidays are often the time of year when people are re...

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Sonal Shah

Within portfolios, philanthropy can reward more entrepreneurial approaches to public-private partnerships, cutting-edge technology, cross-sector data and civic engagement. And it can leverage a modern toolkit, including social impact bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms, impact investing and outcome-focused partnerships with civil society, government and industry.

Why We Decided to Walk Off Wall Street

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

The only solution is for each of us to pull our money from publicly traded stocks and bonds. It's not that the companies or the people who work for them are bad, but that the trading system is being manipulated by a few people who are driven to make as much money as they can in the shortest time possible.

Africa, Moving Into the Light

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

This past July, a Boeing 777 headed toward take-off from the main international airport in Lagos, Nigeria crashed into another plane on the tarmac. Th...

Navigating Impact Investing: The Need for Greater Clarity and Efficiency

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Demand for impact investing is surging - yet investors, even interested ones, have a hard time wrapping their heads around the practice.