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Navigating Impact Investing: The Need for Greater Clarity and Efficiency

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.04.2016 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Demand for impact investing is surging - yet investors, even interested ones, have a hard time wrapping their heads around the practice.

This Indian Foundation Is Protecting Wilderness and Helping Farmers

Pavan Lall | Posted 05.28.2016 | Home
Pavan Lall

MUMBAI -- The Foundation for Ecological Security in India has transformed denuded hillsides and valleys into healthier, biodiverse environments with opportunities for families to expand their livelihoods. This could be just the beginning of bigger things to come.

The Key To Making Philanthropy Really Work

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact

Philanthropic investment firms succeed by empowering organizations that will really make a positive difference in the lives of others. Selecting the o...

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.

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

Justin Guay | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

When you dig down, it's pretty clear why these investment leaders would flock to off-grid solar. With rock-solid economics, an enormous addressable market, and eye-popping growth rates, the opportunity is immense.

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.

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

Justin Guay | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access to...

Impact Investing 2.0: Uncovering The "There There"

Paula Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Paula Goldman

As road tested impact investors, we know that there is "there there," and Impact Investing 2.0 is just the start of its discovery.

Opening the Curtain on the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Jed Emerson Impact investing has not been growing as quickly as many practitioners might have hoped. Knowledge of what does and does...

Ryan Grim Gets Big Investment | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Petition platform got a $15 million cash infusion last week from The Omidyar Network, an investment firm connected to eBay fo...

Why Are We Stomping on the Piss Ants While the Elephants Are a Charging?

John F. Ince | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

After attending the recent gathering of power players in the philanthropic world, known as the Global Philanthropy Forum my head was spinning with facts and figures documenting the magnitude of the seemingly intractable problems the world faces today.

The Future of Impact Investing

Paula Goldman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Paula Goldman

Society cannot continue to cope with prevailing social issues in the traditional way. We need to harness entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to achieve in the social area what they have achieved in the creation of entrepreneurial firms.

The Next Big Thing In Social Innovation | Posted 04.05.2013 | Impact

I love seeing social innovation in action: hackathons, conferences, demo days, you name it. What excites me most about being involved in this space i...

Joe Van Brussel

eBay Founder Uses Power Of Business To Fight Poverty | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.26.2012 | Money

On the day Pierre Omidyar became a billionaire, he knew he wanted to put his money to good use. In September 1998, the eBay founder watched his sta...

The Pioneering Impact Investor

Ben Thornley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Impact investing is not for the faint of heart. The practice is unconventional and unpredictable. It requires key actors to step outside their comfort zones, in underdeveloped markets.

Joe Van Brussel

Global Impact Investors Build Emerging Industry Together | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

Innovators from San Francisco to Sao Paolo are rethinking the roles of markets and philanthropy to address the world's most pressing problems -- and n...

PHOTOS: Seven Companies That Will Change The World For The Better

Riddhi Shah and Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.21.2012 | Impact

Last week, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's Omidyar Network hosted its annual investees conference in Silicon Valley. Known as the Omidyar Network Ex...

eBay Founder's Annual Forum Unites Business Leaders Investing In Social Change

Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact

One network of top executives is proving that good business means wise investments -- specifically investments in people who have the power to create ...

ebay Founder Puts An Entrepreneurial Focus On Charity | STU WOO | Posted 09.03.2011 | Impact

Pierre Omidyar founded online marketplace eBay Inc. and still serves as its chairman. But these days, he would much rather talk about Omidyar Network...

5 Questions For Pierre Omidyar & Matt Bannick Of The Omidyar Network

The Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

During the Clinton Global Initiative in late September, the Omidyar Network announced its commitment to invest $55 million in Internet and mobile tec...

Omidyar Network Investing $55 Million In Technology For Economic Empowerment

Mercury News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, is pledging $55 million to promote gove...

Digital Democracy: Scytl, MySociety Secure Funding

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sheila Shayon

Perhaps e-voting and digital tools that ensure accuracy and fair representation are finally becoming sustainable and investable businesses.

25 Best Givers Ranked By Barron's

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

How do you judge the philanthropic efforts of others? According to the new rank and profiles created by "Barron's" and Global Philanthropy group, you ...