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Impact Investing

Who Wants to Be a Trillionaire?

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Imagine what the world would look like if impact investing had the same mainstream acceptance as value investing? There would be fewer people imprison...

Impact Investing: Can We Pay Her Less?

Ted Barber | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ted Barber

I was in New York City meeting with an advisor who offered to help raise investor capital for our social enterprise. She was reviewing the business plan and numbers, then looked up and asked, "Can you pay the women less?" My partners and I didn't know what to say.

Life Is So Short: If Not of Purpose, Then of What?

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Everywhere I sense a shift in the seasons, a yearning for greater purpose, for moving with empathy as well as pragmatism -- a growing understanding that we are all in this together.

Searching for Meaning in Paris

Katherine Milligan | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Katherine Milligan

Over and over, panellists spoke about the need to bring values and meaning back into our monetary and governance systems if we hope to create a prosperous world in the truest sense of the word.

Climate Change: Changing Design, Not Minds

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Like many complex social problems, climate has been reduced to a religious debate -- you must believe as I do! But actions speak louder than words, and it's pretty easy to see where our past actions have us headed.

Finding Ethical Alpha

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Katherin Collins elegantly demonstrated that there is too much uncertainty about the future to depend on data from the past, and so we best order our investments with policies, procedures and processes that are at least in harmony with nature.

Conserving Landscapes and Ecosystems With Private Investment

David Bank | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
David Bank

Private investors are finding new opportunities to invest in large-scale conservation efforts intended to protect biodiversity and boost "ecosystem services" such as clean water, clean air and carbon storage.

Impact Begins Inside the Company

Acumen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Acumen

The lifeblood of the local economy has traditionally been small scale agriculture and trading businesses, particularly as this town sits on the road between Aflao (on the Togo border) and Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

The Nature of Investing by Katherine Collins... a Review

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

You might ask why a very successful professional at the top of her game might leave the comfort and prestige of a hard-won executive role leading the largest research team in the world to go on a pilgrimage, build houses in 20 remote countries for Habitat for Humanity all while roping in a degree from the Harvard Divinity School!

7 Things We've Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

As far as impact investing has come in seven years, there is still more to do to make it the norm, and give everyday investors access to a range of investment products.

Momentum Builds for 100 Percent Impact Investment Movement

Don Shaffer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

When I first started working in impact investing, the field's challenges were foundational: refining the concept, finding suitable investments, figuring out how to measure impact, even determining what to call the concept.

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted...

Microcredit Impact Revisited

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

While the technical arguments might seem arcane, the underlying question of the impact of a development intervention is an important one.

Cause Vs. Purpose

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

A cause is based on a desire to stop something. A purpose is rooted in a desire to start something. Cause is charity. Purpose is empowerment. A cause is your nemesis. A purpose is your muse. Should we break it down? Let's use hunger as an example.

Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale

Paula Goldman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Paula Goldman

Beyond the Pioneer digs in and tries to isolate those variables that facilitate or hinder scale. When it comes to market-based solutions, scale is the object of the game; yet it remains elusive.

Obama Quietly Met With Millennial Billionaires Who Want To Change The World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact

If you're a millennial on your way to inheriting billions, chances are you were invited to the White House last month. Jamie Johnson, an heir to th...

Community Foundations: What It Takes to Become Dynamic Hubs of Local Capital

Don Shaffer | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Community foundations -- with their deep local ties, significant unrestricted assets, and community benefit missions -- are ideally positioned to play...

Impact Investing and Global Finance: The Big Picture

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Ben Thornley

One of the interesting and important recent developments in wealth management has been the emergence of a group of clients that seek to deliver measurable positive social or environmental benefits with every dollar they put to work.

Towards 100 Percent Impact: Do You PYMWYMIC?

Liz Wilson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

How can you align your intentions with actions? This was one of the key questions that the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth (and Meaning) Is Community (PYMWYMIC) discussed at their annual Impact Days from 7-9th April in Amsterdam.

Investing in Private Health Care for All in India

David Bank | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
David Bank

The efforts by India's new crop of health care entrepreneurs to sell medical services directly to the more than 1 billion medically underserved people at the base of the country's economic pyramid.

MBAs Design Sustainable Investment Funds

Jessica Pothering | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Jessica Pothering

The winning team in Morgan Stanley's sustainable finance competition summoned a vision of groves of poplar trees on polluted industrial sites, deliver...

3 Old School Lessons for New School Entrepreneurs

Mark Newberg | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

My goal is to help them merge their desire to do good through business with the reality that they'll need to be good at business. Once I realized that stories stick, I started keeping track of the stories that stuck best.

4 Ways our Investment Business is Giving Back

Shannon Sedgwick Davis | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Shannon Sedgwick Davis

The vision was to build a company that not only cared passionately about its investors and their returns, but one that cared deeply about each other and the world around us.

Who Are the Social Entrepreneurs of 2014?

Hilde Schwab | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

We have moved from ignorance about this new entrepreneurial field to polite interest, and on to a real desire to cooperate on the part of political leaders and large companies.

Crowdfunding Is Growing Up: Here's What You Need to Know

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Just six months ago, equity crowdfunding was not yet legal in the U.S. Today, there are close to 1,000 crowdfunding sites in existence -- at last coun...