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Impact Investing

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 10.05.2015 | 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.

What Corporate Philanthropy Can -- and Cannot -- Tell Us About Social Performance

Clara Miller | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Clara Miller

In early August, I posted an excerpt from my annual letter as president of the Heron Foundation. In the letter, I discuss some of the things we think we learned by examining all the enterprises our endowment is invested in for social performance in 2014.

Investing to Combat Modern Slavery: What's the Impact?

Nick Grono | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

The mission of the organisation I lead, the Freedom Fund, is to mobilize the capital and knowledge needed to end modern slavery. Measuring our impact is critical to our success, because one of the key ways we attract new investors is by showing evidence of our past performance.

How Much Would You Pay for a Can of Tuna?

David Bank | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
David Bank

By Maura Dilley, -- For decades, the five-ounce can of tuna fish has been the 99¢ pantry essential that U.S. families turned to f...

Know What You Own: One Myth of Social Impact Investing

Clara Miller | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Clara Miller

Even with the best will in the world, most individual and institutional investors likely own positions in companies whose business practices undermine their philanthropic or personal values, simply because of the way these funds are put together.

If We Want Real Change, We Need to Step Outside Our Own Little Echo Chamber

John F. Ince | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
John F. Ince

A few years ago, while attending the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, the so called "Slow Money" conference was also taking place across the city - so I did a quick shuttle between the two.

As Maine's Waters Warm, a Seafood Investor Fosters Climate Resiliency

David Bank | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
David Bank -- An invasion of green crabs. Plummeting populations of northern shrimp and cod. Shifting seasons for lobster, the anchor of Maine'...

Changing the Face of Finance -- Or Why I Work for a Bank

Pioneers for Change | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Let's start with the question of what banks are for. They have the crucial role of determining what use is made of capital. This gives banks both a huge power and a huge responsibility.

Investing for Impact: Capital Fusion for Social and Environmental Good

Thanos Niforos | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Thanos Niforos

In a world where addressing global social and environmental problems are still more prominent than ever, Impact Investing as an emerging asset class is the best new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital for social and environmental benefit.

Stakeholder Capitalism: The New Capitalist Model

Pilar Stella | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Pilar Stella

With the Millennial generation driving the values of a more conscious approach to business, we are entering an era in which the old approach to business and capitalism is dying. The demand for something new, and more aligned with the values of the current generation, is emerging.

Who's the Next Impact Target After Goldman Sachs Snaps Up Imprint Capital?

David Bank | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
David Bank

Goldman Sachs' move to buy San Francisco-based Imprint Capital has the small community of impact investment asset managers and dealmakers buzzing about who might next be asked to dance by a Wall Street suitor.