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Shhh! Don't Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets

David Bank | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
David Bank

Dave Chen and his team at Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., don't generally pitch pension funds and other institutional investors on the firm's thesis that environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive operational efficiencies, reduced risk and above-market, or 'alpha,' returns.

My Journey

Pioneers for Change | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I guess my own journey from the dark side began when I left the City. I loved being a research analyst but once I drifted up into senior management (eventually as Head of Equities in Europe for Lehman Brothers), I became part of the world that I didn't find especially comfortable.

Sankalp Q&A: Unitus Seeks to Launch Seed Funds Around the World

David Bank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
David Bank

Most of the thousands of investors and entrepreneurs descending on New Delhi this week for the Sankalp Global Summit are looking to beat out their competitors. Dave Richards and Will Poole, managing directors of Unitus Seed Fund, are looking to create more competition for themselves, by seeding additional funds like their own.

Corporate Influence & Transforming From a World Created for the Non-Living

Mark Chasan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Mark Chasan

There is hope that we can create a thriving, healthy and abundant world, but we have to do more than hope. We must take action to transform from the inside-out (personal change), ground-up (infrastructure, built environment and supply-chain) and top-down (government, corporations and regulatory environment).

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

5 Ways Social Enterprises Can Finance Growth

Don Shaffer | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social entrepreneurs seeking growth funding often get caught up in the culture of venture capital -- they position their enterprise as a rocket business, look for a miracle angel investor, and start giving away equity.

JPMorgan Chase and Omidyar Back New Impact Fund Aimed at Brazil's Emerging Middle Class

David Bank | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
David Bank

It's an emerging market within an emerging market. Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil's 112 million lower- and middle-class consumers.

Breakfast at the Yale Club... Wake up Call to Impact Investing

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

There have been other attempts and there will be more. Online platforms are the future of our highly intelligent and networked world.

We Need Smart Money: How Energy Access Investors Need to Develop Value Beyond Capital Using In-House Entrepreneurs

Daniel Tomlinson | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Daniel Tomlinson

Beyond the Grid investors can learn from Silicon Valley VC's about building "smart money". In order to realize full investment potential and maximize shareholder returns, beyond the grid investment funds need to deliver value above and beyond money.

A Glimpse Into the New World: The 2015 Wharton Social Impact Conference

Simon Rycraft | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Simon Rycraft

Our Social Impact Investing panel will include luminaries whose activities have powered the social impact engine by focusing on investments in this domain.

Venture Capital Made the Few Wealthy; Similar Tools Can Make the Many Less Poor

Beth Sirull | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Beth Sirull

We need more incentives to encourage investment in intermediaries like PCV that invest in small businesses, particularly in lower-income neighborhoods.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | Business
David Bank

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