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Impact Investing

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.

Bordofarms: A Project Focused on Solving Deportee Economic Issues Through Urban Farming

Miguel Marshall | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Miguel Marshall

After this intense immersion into the social fabric of our city's deportee community, we have learned that there are many creative ways to approach social issues and that we are ready to take on the new challenges ahead through more economically viable and scalable model of social enterprise in urban farming.

Creating Learning Societies From Colorado's Biennial

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 07.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

When we look at cities connected to Latin America we usually think of Miami, which many call the regional "capital," or New York, or perhaps the less frequently thought of Houston and Dallas, but Denver usually doesn't come to mind. The Biennial of the Americas is changing that.

Failure as a Public Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Last week, Jim Anderson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Andrea Phillips of Goldman Sachs shared lessons from their investment in a social impact bond to reduce recidivism at Riker's Island.

Impact Investing: The New Frontier

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Ranya Alkadamani

It might be the new buzz word of investing, but leading investment advisors say impact investing is here to stay and what's more: it's a model that everyone should be participating in.

Putting Evidence First: Learning From the Rikers Island Social Impact Bond

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
John Roman, Ph.D.

Results from the first generation of social impact bonds (also known as pay for success deals) are starting to come in. Today, the field has learned the results of the evaluation of the first social impact bond transaction in the United States.

Ending Poverty: There's an App for That!

Suzanne Skees | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Building on their legacy of leading-edge ideas, Grameen Foundation has evolved from funding microfinance to designing disruptive solutions to the kind of poverty that's most challenging to reach, in remote rural areas, and to the poorest of the poor.

IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

How to Achieve 10x Returns With Soulful Investing

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Robert Rubinstein

The idea of just throwing more technology at problems and flipping a switch will fix the problem and generate high returns, seems out of touch with reality. I have another idea. Why not investing in social enterprises that target the soul?

Some Homeowners May Never Come up from Underwater

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Jorge Newbery

Remember your childhood summers when you held your breath underwater so long that your head felt ready to explode? For millions of homeowners in America today, being underwater too long has a different impact: they implode.

Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

David Bank | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
David Bank

The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world.

Why Student Loan Refinance Is a Force for Good

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Jeremy Balkin

Student loans are an incredible problem in the United States. Today, $1.2 trillion in student loan debt is held by college graduates nationwide. The rising costs of higher education, alongside easy access to financing, has made student loans a common tool for paying for college.

Social Impact Investing: The Business Case For Social Impact Education

Julia M. Satov | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Julia M. Satov

As technology, human mobility, skills gap, resource scarcity and social issues transform the direction of global business, we cannot continue CSR as a "do good" quotient; we must now pursue and invest in impactful education as untapped possibilities.

Ushering in the New Era of Social Impact: Fringe Diplomacy in Myanmar

Courtney Spence | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Courtney Spence

While the definition of Fringe can mean "not a part of the mainstream," it is my sincere hope that the ideals and model of Fringe Diplomacy is expanded upon.

Mission Aligned Investing: More Complex Than It Seems

Clara Miller | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Clara Miller

Even with the best intentions and emerging tools, the current investment framework makes it difficult to match investment portfolios to values.

Flexible Financing to Give Low-Income Kids a Head Start

Jessica Pothering | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Jessica Pothering

Packard's investment came in the form of a "program-related investment," a category under the tax code through which foundations can invest in for-profit ventures in order to advance a charitable purpose.

Introducing What's Working: Purpose + Profit

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Arianna Huffington

The shift in the way an increasing number of businesses see their role in the world has been one of the most exciting, promising and desperately needed developments of the past few years. That's why today I'm delighted to announce What's Working: Purpose + Profit, a new platform, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, that's putting a spotlight on the ways businesses are working toward solutions, widening the lens of their concern and moving beyond the obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term gain toward a very different vision. Purpose + Profit will feature stories, insights and tips from leaders in the world of business and thinkers who are driving change, with an emphasis on what's working in entrepreneurship, B-corporations and impact investing.

The Tao Of Being A Social Impact Company

Jennifer K. Anderson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jennifer K. Anderson

According to a recent report by SFI, the total assets under management with a sustainable or responsible investment mandate is approximately 18 percent worldwide. This reflects a 929 percent increase since 1995. Investors are not only looking to eliminate negative impacts from their portfolio, they now want to make a positive impact with their dollars.

Everyone Can Be An Impact Investor -- Here's How To Start

Don Shaffer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

While the term "impact investing" has come to mean positive social and environmental impact, in truth all investments have an impact. Are your current investments having the impact you want? What do you want your impact to be? What issues are most important to you?

How to Scale Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Otto von Troschke | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Otto von Troschke

Energy supply is inevitably linked to this challenge. Energy and its appropriate availability to all people can boost economic development and human well-being (e.g. cooking, heating, cooling, lighting, transportation). But it could also worsen the adverse impacts such as climate change, air pollution, and regional disparities.

A Progress Report on Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Topline numbers on market size and growth always steal the show when JP Morgan and the GIIN release findings from their annual survey of impact investors.

Harnessing Social Impact Investing

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

For many, Latin America is associated with a laundry list of negatives: drugs, corruption, gang violence and transnational crime. However, our new report Harnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America, helps to dispel some of these myths.

Police Thug Game: The Hunger Games of Baltimore and America

Maxim Thorne | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Maxim Thorne

In the Hunger Games bestselling novels and movies, the rich capital uses terroristic "games" to control the 12 poor surrounding districts. No young fan of the books or movies would miss the uncanny parallels between the treatment of Balitmore's poor and the brutal jovial wanton violence against Panem's poor.