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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.

Complement Your Giving With Impact Investing

Brad Hurley | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Brad Hurley

A growing number of investors and philanthropists see that as a lost opportunity. What if you could put your investments to work in doing good, while still earning a decent financial return? That question is at the heart of a branch of socially responsible investing known as impact investing.

Social Impact Bonds' Slippery Slope

Clara Miller | Posted 06.29.2015 | Money
Clara Miller

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) as a vehicle for funding social change are gaining renewed momentum right now as U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D- Colorado) have crafted legislation to appropriate $300 million for state and local social-impact bonds over 10 years.

The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

Both the triumphs and the growing pains of "impact investing" were on display in Oxford, England last week. Impact investing goes beyond the passive tactic of limiting investments to, say, companies that are green or that don't produce guns.

Changing the Label for Good

BRAC | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
BRAC

By Tanvir Hossain Adapted from article originally posted on the BRAC Blog The name Rana Plaza has become synonymous with Bangladesh. The e...

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

David Bank | Posted 06.14.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | Impact
Beth Sirull

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