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Doing Well By Doing Good -- Customers Buy From Companies That Serve the Community

Nell Minow | Posted 11.14.2016 | Impact
Nell Minow

Karla Jo Helms, CEO of Tampa Bay-based international PR firm JoTo PR, says many companies are missing opportunities to tie national or community-focus...

Why The Nonprofit Sector Needs Predictive Data

Jason Saul | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

In the nonprofit and public sector we invest first, and then measure to see what we got. That may be a key reason why we aren't making as much progress as we could be. Predicting the success of social programs before we fund them holds great promise for the future of social impact

Seeking Impact: Investors and Innovators (Part one)

AdaPia d'Errico | Posted 03.25.2017 | Business
AdaPia d'Errico

Impact Investment has been around in one form or another for decades. Attempts at innovating the investment culture--particularly that of investment...

Bridging the rhetoric and reality divide in social impact investment

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 12.13.2016 | Impact
Dominic Llewellyn

Photo credit: Tim Swaan Three years ago I met a Belgian banker with a social soul. In a bar at St Pancras Station we drank coffee and talked about ...

Social Investing Equals More Opportunity

Shazir Mucklai | Posted 06.20.2015 | College
Shazir Mucklai

Many of the industry's top bloggers use social media to inform their followers about a stock and its movement. Social media functions as a way for investors to become aware of a company's news before it becomes stale.

Indexing and the End of Capitalism

Jonathan Russo | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Jonathan Russo

Karl Marx never met an index fund. If he had he would have added this phenomenon to his list of capitalism-destroying mechanisms.

Social Impact Bonds: Solving Government Problems in Four (Not So) Easy Steps

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

At the cutting edge of new social innovation financing are social impact bonds (SIBs), a potentially transformative idea. The deals transfer risk from the government to the private sector and generate new capital to invest in evidence-based interventions that would otherwise go unfunded.

What About the Demand Side of Impact Investing?

Randall Kempner | Posted 01.13.2013 | Business
Randall Kempner

We are excited about the increased interest in Impact Investing on the part of investors. But in order for this burgeoning sector to continue to be successful we need to ensure that we are working together to support the development of the entire ecosystem.

Lucas Kavner

'Pay-For-Success' Model Seeks To Revolutionize Social Investing | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business

Long before doctor and entrepreneur Paul Polak began trying to revolutionize social investing -- before he could even drive a car -- he was planting t...

Social Impact Partnerships: Making a Difference

Kenneth Thompson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Chicago
Kenneth Thompson

It is not easy to develop a working relationship between investors, nonprofits, and related government funding bodies, but there is potential here to create the kind of partnerships that are needed to make a difference.

How Impact Investing Can Revitalize Distressed Communities

Geri Stengel | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

The more we can bring together the entrepreneurial energy and ideas with the capital required to bring them to life, the better for all.

Unleash the Privateers

Phil Shanks | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Phil Shanks

The small and medium sector, our privateers, remain becalmed by the lack of bank finance and unable to join the battle. I am confident that it is safe to unleash them yet again, put some wind in their sails and reap the benefits.

Occupy Wall Street Precursor 24 Years Old

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

For 24 years, the Social Venture Network has been pushing back against the received wisdom of American commerce. SVN members are building better, smarter businesses with multiple bottom lines: profits, planet, people.

The Obama Administration's Social Innovation Fund: An In-depth Interview with Director Paul Carttar

Rahim Kanani | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

This is part one of a two-part interview. Part two can be found here. Recently, I interviewed Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund--a...

Funding the Risk Frontier in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The recent IPO of SKS Microfinance, India's largest microfinance institution (MFI), was a watershed event whose ripples are affecting the public perception of microfinance.

Expect No Less Than Explosive Change From Social Enterprises

Rachael Chong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Scott Schwaitzberg and I attended Investors' Circle Spring Fair this past April. I was selected to pitch Catchafire at the event, and Scott joined me ...

Social Investing: Markets & Missions

Saul Garlick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Saul Garlick

With private capital we can change the poverty paradigm. If you think you have what it takes, the world needs social investors with their heads and their hearts fully engaged.

Start-up Capital for For-Profit Social Entrepreneurs - Where the heck is it? Part 1.

Rachael Chong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rachael Chong

With all the recent attention given to social entrepreneurs, when will we actually begin to see an acceptable level of investment directed towards these leaders of social change?

Social Investing (Finally) Grows Up

Marc Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Gunther

The idea here is that Calvert will buy stock in imperfect companies (a category that includes every company I know) and then push them to do better.

Social Investing: What Is It And Why Does It Exist? (VIDEO)

Yahoo! Finance | Aaron Task | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Wall Street meets Web 2.0 in a place called social investing, where "average" investors share their stock picks and pans. The concept is not new, but ...