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Why We Decided to Walk Off Wall Street

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

The only solution is for each of us to pull our money from publicly traded stocks and bonds. It's not that the companies or the people who work for them are bad, but that the trading system is being manipulated by a few people who are driven to make as much money as they can in the shortest time possible.

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.

To Find Real Prosperity, Community Foundations Are Exiting Wall Street

Michelle Long | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Michelle Long

Here we are in 2015 and economic justice is on everyone's mind (or it should be). Five years after the official end of the Great Recession we are still witnessing historical levels of income inequality, but finally some crucial links are being made.

Have a Hot Food Company? Here Are Few Tips on Finding the Right Financing

Gary Groff | Posted 01.18.2015 | Small Business
Gary Groff

A lot of businesses think they need to bring in equity investors as soon as possible. Every business is different, but building your customer base and revenue stream is going to help you get a better equity deal.

Fixing the Food System From the Base of the Supply Chain

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social equity in the food supply chain was a strong thread running through the annual Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders forum this June in Denver.

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.

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...

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

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...

7 Tips For Social Enterprises Looking To Raise Capital

Don Shaffer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Small Business
Don Shaffer

Raising growth capital is a challenge for most businesses, but social enterprises face an extra hurdle--they have to show how they're going to maximize their positive impact and demonstrate the qualities investors generally look for, including a strong management team, a unique approach to the market or problem, and growth potential.

Joe Van Brussel

Dissatisfaction With Wall Street Leads Investors To Impact Investing | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business

As a teenager, Don Shaffer's first job was at a country club, caddying for some of the most successful men in America. On weekends, he had a front row...