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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 11.25.2015 | 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.

Bring Your Values to Your Day Job

Ross Baird | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Ross Baird

My first year of college, my friend Christian and I had an idea for a tech platform that would make civic education more engaging and fun for students across the U.S. We needed to raise about $10,000.

Bringing Positive Impact Measurement to Listed Equities

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
David W. Richardson, CFA

Investors choose funds for many different reasons. Some seek growth, others income. Some investors opt for low cost index tracking funds while many are looking for diversification strategies that demonstrate low correlation with other investments in their portfolios.

Driving $4B in Clean Tech Investments to Combat Climate Change

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Sonal Shah

As part of our ongoing impact investing work, we were proud this summer to support significant federal policy progress and drive private sector engagement to combat global climate change.

The Four Ps of 'Impact Inventing'

Ross Baird | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business
Ross Baird

It seems like starting a company has never been easier. And for software startups, that's probably true. But what if your business is hardware-based?

Innovations in Systems Thinking - 5 Things the World Can Learn From SOCAP15

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

The biggest challenges of our time do not require patchwork solutions, innovative smartphone apps, or miracle pills, instead they require systems-level innovations that can tackle the root cause of the world's most serious issues.

It's Time for Impact Investors to Create Compound Impact

Trevor Neilson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Trevor Neilson

We need to think bigger. We need to embrace the notion that capitalism is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, and if we build and invest in businesses that have an explicit social purpose, we can create sustained funding of a type we've never imagined.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know "Why?"

Eve Ellis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Eve Ellis

Why do companies with gender diverse boards perform better? As the portfolio manager of a strategy which seeks to benefit from this fact,* I am ofte...

How to Invest Like a Burner

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Just as you embrace the diverse group of people around you at Burning Man, apply the same thought process to your investment portfolio.

How Philadelphia is Earning its Reputation as a Great City of the Future

Ross Baird | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Ross Baird

While Philadelphia has always been a cradle of innovation, from Benjamin Franklin to the Constitution, in Philly we saw how entrepreneurs can continue to help Philadelphia -- and the country -- continue to earn greatness.

What Is Impact Investing?

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Robert Rubinstein

If one accepts the common Impact definition, then the present Impact discussions and case studies are vastly missing the point. We are focussed on the one small plant, that is pretty, in a massive forest of opportunity.

It's Time To Align Your Investments With Your Values

Trevor Neilson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Trevor Neilson

The truth is, a vast number of those who are invested in the stock market have very little understanding of what they're invested in. They rely on fund managers to buy and sell and only pay attention to whether their portfolio is going up or down.

Repaying Our Ecological Debt by Taking Innovative Action

Thane Kreiner | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

We're all accustomed to receiving those sober ecological pleas: to make a donation or contact political officials or perhaps take more direct action to stop environmental degradation, save species or biosystems, end water and air pollution, and so forth.

Clearly Social Angels

Pioneers for Change | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

My father was a 1960s-style left-wing academic quite critical of capitalism. We passed many ideas around our dinner table, but not one of them was the potential benefit of trade and business. Surprisingly, when I left home, it was precisely that idea that crept in sideways.

Bountiful Catch for Sustainable Seafood Investors: Finalists in Fish 2.0 Competition

David Bank | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
David Bank

The ocean's problems are well known. Solutions, not so much. And opportunities to invest in those solutions have been even harder to find. That's changing, in no small part thanks to Monica Jain and her Fish 2.0 business competition.

Accelerating Impact Fund Managers to Spur Investments in the Base of the Pyramid

David Bank | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
David Bank

First-time fund managers have a hard time raising capital in any area of private equity. Add in low-income customers, challenging frontier markets and a requirement for demonstrable social impact and first-time social-impact fund managers face even greater obstacles.

Building Startup Incubators That Deliver Impact

Karim Samra | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Karim Samra

Designing and running a business incubator is no easy task. Yet, startups from Singapore to Nigeria to Boston are being actively recruited with pr...

Follow Your Heart

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Robert Rubinstein

Believe it or not in a previous life (1975-1978), I had a carrier on oil rigs. My world wind career had me working offshore and on land in Iran, the North Sea (UK and Norway), France, Texas, Colorado and Oman (actually didn't start, quit before I was sent there).

Student Loans 2016

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Jeremy Balkin

The entire US economy is being held back by the economic limitations of 43.3 million Americans straddled by $1.2 trillion in debt constraining more productive consumption and investment choices.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

There Is No Trade-Off Between Profit and Purpose

Alex Edmans | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Alex Edmans

Social responsibility is not immediately appreciated by the stock market and -- like any long-run investment -- takes many years to pay off. Thus, investors should not evaluate companies according to whether they meet quarterly earnings targets, but instead take a long-term view.