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Social Impact Investment

How Penn Students Are Leading the New Wave of Social Impact and Entrepreneurship

Molly Wang | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Molly Wang

Social impact-related clubs and initiatives are popping up rapidly on campuses all over the world, and The University of Pennsylvania is one of the schools leading the charge.

Five Reasons to Prioritize Social Impact Investing

Carla Javits | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Carla Javits

While international and domestic problems bombard us daily, strong signals indicate that a new kind of revolution is afoot that has the potential to open doors to people who have been left out of jobs, and the mainstream economy.

Why We've Ditched The Old Model For Doing Good

Kate Moynihan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Kate Moynihan

Companies know that getting the biggest bang for the buck in social impact investment requires applying smart business sense to the nonprofit realm. And they are right -- but the business model that needs to be applied is not the one you might think.

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.

$220 Billion in Donations to Nonprofits Costs Americans $45 Billion: We Can Get Even More Social Impact for Our Dollars

Beth Sirull | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Beth Sirull

The idea is that by subsidizing charitable donations, we as a society are getting greater positive social impact than we otherwise would. It's logical to ask, "How can we get the most positive social impact for our money?"

Investing Early to Impact World-Changing Solutions

Ross Baird | Posted 01.02.2013 | Impact
Ross Baird

I hope that in three years, I'll be able to tell the same story about Tonee as I do Jen -- and see 25,000 kids in slum areas in Kenya using tablet computers. Yet we've got miles to go before we sleep.

Social Impact Bonds: Passing Fad or Revolutionary Innovation?

Michele Host | Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact
Michele Host

While social impact bonds are not going to cure all of America's social problems, if implemented wisely and slowly, these bonds could promote the kinds of public-private partnerships that politicians are good at praising but not at creating.

Don't Be Redundant

Paula Goldman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business
Paula Goldman

There's not enough philanthropic or government money in the world to solve the problems we need solved. If impact investors do their job well, they can tap into new forms of capital to solve the world's burning issues.