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Impact Investing

Is Climate Risk a New and Troubling Source of Systemic Risk?

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 10.24.2014 | Money
David W. Richardson, CFA

There are signs that environmental risks, particularly extreme weather and government regulations to reduce pollution, are becoming both more material but also systemic, with the potential to affect large swathes of investment portfolios.

Looking to SME Lending to Guide Social Impact Investing Growth

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Vinay Nair "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." These famous words, by Sir Isaac Newton, are regularly refe...

Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

David Bank | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
David Bank

ImpactAlpha -- Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. ...

What if Entrepreneurship Isn't the (Only) Answer?

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

There are already 4.8 million job openings in the American labor market, and we know that entrepreneurship isn't the answer for everyone. To meet this growing demand for impact jobs while helping build the next generation of impact leaders, we'll need to focus on intrapreneurship.

Five Reasons to Prioritize Social Impact Investing

Carla Javits | Posted 10.13.2014 | 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.

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations eve...

Taking Measure of Impact Investing

Willa Seldon | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Willa Seldon

While the definition of impact investing isn't completely settled, it typically refers to the placement of capital -- primarily private -- in enterprises with the explicit expectation of achieving both financial and social returns.

Sustainable in Seattle: A Deal to Meter and Finance Energy Efficiency

David Bank | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
David Bank

We can get energy from improving technologies as we perform the same useful work more efficiently. Last week, the public utility in Seattle got the green light to buy and sell the energy from energy efficiency just like energy from any other source.

Climate Change = Systems Change

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

In the years to come, the growing clean energy sector will require massive further investment. Changes in consumption patterns will lead to significant product and service innovation.

For Social Enterprises, The Bottom Line is Impact: Four Lessons About Investing in Social Businesses

Michael Chertok | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Michael Chertok

Social enterprises, especially in developing countries, need long-term partners who support them to make key business decisions, understand the flexibility needed to achieve both for-profit objectives and social missions -- and stick with them over time.

Making Government Smarter

Alex Wirth | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

Both The Social Innovation Fund and Social Impact Bonds view government not as a problem but as a convener leveraging outside resources, momentum, and energy to catalyze positive social change for America. Local and State governments should capitalize on these social financing mechanisms to solve their biggest challenges.

A Numbers Story

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

Two tech billionaires and an entrepreneur walk into a bar.

To Grow Impact Investing, Focus on Multilingual Leadership

Ben Thornley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

September 15, 2014, will be remembered for the release of a seminal report on impact investing, care of an international taskforce backed by eight country advisory boards and four topical working groups.

Investing for Impact to 'Save the World'

Pioneers for Change | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

When I was 17, I was rather intent on doing something to "save the world", which is not so unusual at an age where your ideals drive a lot of your ambitions. What perhaps was unusual was that I was already resolute on my plan to do so.

Why We Believe Innovative Partnerships Can Capture the Talent of Outstanding Entrepreneurs to Create Lasting Social Impact

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Dominic Llewellyn

We believe that addressing complex societal challenges necessitates new innovative approaches; long-term approaches that dovetail delivering sustainable impact for the bottom line as well as for society.

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

David Bank | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
David Bank

Environmentalists are claiming their seats at the impact investing table. Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committ...

Device Can Rapidly Test Soldiers, Athletes For Brain Injuries That Otherwise Could Go Unnoticed

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact

A device in development may soon be able to make identifying brain injuries in emergency medical circumstances much easier, a new study suggests. And ...

Philanthropy-Yoga

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

What is the optimal way to use your money? The answer to that will likely change over time, encouraging effective donors to keep posing - and answering -- questions. But you shouldn't worry. It's like a kind of philanthropy-yoga: regularly asking deep questions about giving helps donors stay flexible as well as strategic.

Attracting Elusive HNWIs to Impact Opportunities in India

David Bank | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
David Bank

ImpactAlpha.com -- Just when many fund managers are throwing up their hands in frustration at the reluctance of affluent individuals to write checks ...

Why I Made a Giving Plan

Susan Price | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Susan Price

I'm not Bill Gates or Michael Bloomberg. No one is going to name a building after me any time soon. But two events in the news last week convinced me that I need to make a giving plan.

Millennial Recruitment and Impact Investing

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Robert Rubinstein

If a company wanted to attract the best and the brightest and retain that talent, they would have to anchor corporate social responsibility and sustainability in all their business processes.

An Impact Investor's Guide to Creating Social Impact

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Lorainne Lopez

There's a lot of excitement about impact investing these days. The industry's main goal, to make money while making a difference, is very enticing. However, with the lack of information on successful impact investments, it's hard to know if impact investments are truly making an impact.

As America Turns Its Gaze Toward Africa, It Has The Chance To Promote A New Model Of Investment

Kadri Lomo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Kadri Lomo

As the U.S. Fortune 500 and U.S. private equity are set to turn its corporate gaze toward Africa, it has the chance to learn from previous investment attempts and promote this new model of interaction on the African continent.

Is Green Investing Dead?

Aimee Christensen | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Aimee Christensen

Human wellbeing depends upon earth's natural systems for our food, fuel, clean freshwater, protection from storms, shelter, and yet our current economic system does not effectively value nature -- either at all, or certainly at the level it is due.

Preparing for Impact

Tamara Belinfanti | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Tamara Belinfanti

True impact requires systems thinking -- in order to change some aspect of our society we have to understand as best we can the inter-connectedness and function of the various parts.