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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, ImpactAlpha.com -- 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

ImpactAlpha.com -- 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.

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.