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Impact Investing

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.06.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Empowering the Future Workforce

Jane Wales | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

Over the past few years, the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) has worked to highlight mechanisms for equipping current and future generations with the skills needed to enter the global workforce.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy

Jean Case | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Jean Case

Some might say we have a bit of branding problem -- or maybe we simply need to embrace the real meaning and challenge one another to practice a sort of "everyday giving" -- where all individuals do their part.

Why Asset Management Traditionalists Are Missing Out by Not Prioritizing ESG/SRI/Impact Investing

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

Until recently, sustainable investing has been regarded, at least in North America, as a niche investment strategy. Mainstream asset managers were often skeptical of it, primarily for perceived performance reasons.

Chicago Rallies Around Cleantech Women in the Shark Tank

Amy Francetic | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Amy Francetic

I recently had the great honor of celebrating the success of LuminAID, a Chicago-based cleantech company that produces solar-powered inflatable lights...

Impact Investing's Newest Champion -- the Millennial

Emily Yu | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Emily Yu

The reality is that there are many in the financial markets and social sector who firmly believe that Millennials are critical stakeholders who will unleash impact investing's true potential within the next two decades.

SMIRF's Up in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Philanthropy has a small amount of financial capital, so leveraging it with all of the other resources available to us is vital. Ambassador Joseph gave us more inspiration and the framework to advance the role of philanthropy in our community.

Clinton Global Initiative: A Market-Based Approach To Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Alice Korngold | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Imagine what might be accomplished with an infusion of capital for skills training and capacity-building to help such smallholder farmers to increase yields and their incomes, while farming their land more sustainably.

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.

The Landlord Philanthropist

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.05.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

The idea of a philanthropic landlord is a mind-bending oxymoron. But the man who turned commercial real estate into a tool for philanthropy says the basic concept is simple.

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lorainne Lopez

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones.

Making Wealth Worth More for Social Impact

Sal Giambanco | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Sal Giambanco

Making a lasting positive change in people's lives often comes down to making small, practical changes in their day-to-day routine.

'Nature Conservation Notes' Bring Individual Investors into Climate Fund

David Bank | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
David Bank

Investing in conservation has long been the province of development-finance institutions and philanthropic foundations. Now, wealthy individuals are starting to invest as well, opening a potentially huge new source of private capital for ecosystem preservation.

Fish 2.0's Call to Action for Seafood Entrepreneurs and Investors

David Bank | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
David Bank

ImpactAlpha - Everybody, it seems, wants their seafood sustainable. That growing demand is spurring investor interest in aquaculture, seafood supply ...

Paradigm Shift in Global Giving: Philanthropy and Impact Investing

David Drake | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
David Drake

Philanthropy and impact investing are the backbones of crowdfunding. The internet and the online crowdfunding platforms on giving have magnified the ways and means to reach anyone from all over the world.

When 'Wow!' Is Not Enough

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

As far as global health causes go, sterilization is decidedly un-glamorous. It's not new -- the underlying concept has been understood for nearly two centuries; nor is it thought of as technologically cutting-edge -- the standard method of sterilization in most places is still the steam-based autoclave.

How Capitalist Visionaries Will Change The World

Arjan Schütte | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Arjan Schütte

The developed world functions in no small part at the will of the free markets' Invisible Hand. But sadly our free markets and our financial systems have also left a toll on millions and have yet to touch billions.

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

From its origins in the closed circles of community finance, philanthropy, and international development, 2014 was a Big Bang for impact investing.

Impact Investing Offers Opportunity for Wealth Managers!

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Money
Robert Rubinstein

Recently I was having a conversation with a private banker who manages wealth portfolios, and she lamented the difficulty of getting her HNW clients interested in Impact Investing. She was recounting to me the challenges she was having in getting her HNW clients interested in Impact Investing

Engaging the Tanzanian Market? Hakuna Matata!

Mickey Bergman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Mickey Bergman

"Zanzibar" elicits images of sandy beaches, clear calm waters, private resorts, and idyllic vacations filled with great food, spices, music and cultur...

The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in Impact Investing

Randall Kempner | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Randall Kempner

I'm in the midst of an exciting and exhausting round on the conference circuit which has taken me across the continent and back. This week I'm in South Africa participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities. Luckily, I have had plenty of reading material for the plane rides.

What Women Want: The Changing Face of the Reasonable Investor

Jean Rogers | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Jean Rogers

"This is a Man's World" may have been the long-running theme song of our capital markets for decades, but when it comes to the investment field, women are singing a different tune. And companies may want to learn the lyrics.

Why We Should Be Investing in Protected Areas

Guilherme Leal | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Guilherme Leal

Whether it is the ecosystem services that support the conditions for life, or the natural resources necessary for the creation of products, business must be willing to explore investing in nature to protect its bottom lines.

3 Ways to Start Impact Investing

Susan Price | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Susan Price

Impact investing is loosely defined as putting your money into companies or organizations that aim to produce a social good while generating financial returns.

Enterprise First Development

Pioneers for Change | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Eoghan Mackie Following strong encouragement from my parents and the education system I was privileged to be part of, I started my career as a ...