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Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale

Paula Goldman | Posted 04.23.2014 | 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.

Obama Quietly Met With Millennial Billionaires Who Want To Change The World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact

If you're a millennial on your way to inheriting billions, chances are you were invited to the White House last month. Jamie Johnson, an heir to th...

Community Foundations: What It Takes to Become Dynamic Hubs of Local Capital

Don Shaffer | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Community foundations -- with their deep local ties, significant unrestricted assets, and community benefit missions -- are ideally positioned to play...

Impact Investing and Global Finance: The Big Picture

Ben Thornley | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Ben Thornley

One of the interesting and important recent developments in wealth management has been the emergence of a group of clients that seek to deliver measurable positive social or environmental benefits with every dollar they put to work.

Towards 100 Percent Impact: Do You PYMWYMIC?

Liz Wilson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

How can you align your intentions with actions? This was one of the key questions that the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth (and Meaning) Is Community (PYMWYMIC) discussed at their annual Impact Days from 7-9th April in Amsterdam.

Investing in Private Health Care for All in India

David Bank | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
David Bank

The efforts by India's new crop of health care entrepreneurs to sell medical services directly to the more than 1 billion medically underserved people at the base of the country's economic pyramid.

MBAs Design Sustainable Investment Funds

Jessica Pothering | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Jessica Pothering

The winning team in Morgan Stanley's sustainable finance competition summoned a vision of groves of poplar trees on polluted industrial sites, deliver...

3 Old School Lessons for New School Entrepreneurs

Mark Newberg | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

My goal is to help them merge their desire to do good through business with the reality that they'll need to be good at business. Once I realized that stories stick, I started keeping track of the stories that stuck best.

4 Ways our Investment Business is Giving Back

Shannon Sedgwick Davis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Shannon Sedgwick Davis

The vision was to build a company that not only cared passionately about its investors and their returns, but one that cared deeply about each other and the world around us.

Who Are the Social Entrepreneurs of 2014?

Hilde Schwab | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

We have moved from ignorance about this new entrepreneurial field to polite interest, and on to a real desire to cooperate on the part of political leaders and large companies.

Crowdfunding Is Growing Up: Here's What You Need to Know

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Just six months ago, equity crowdfunding was not yet legal in the U.S. Today, there are close to 1,000 crowdfunding sites in existence -- at last coun...

Save the Oceans, Feed the World, Make a Profit?

David Bank | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
David Bank

Impact IQ -- What's good for the fish is good for the fishing communities -- and for impact investors. That's the thesis of three new vehicles for inv...

Pitching Investors in Global Health: Funding Lessons From Social Entrepreneurs

Cathy Clark | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Cathy Clark

This post is co-authored by Lila Cruikshank. Over the past decade, business models serving the base of the pyramid (BOP) customers have attracted in...

Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S.

Ben Thornley | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

In short, active impact investing markets are built on substantial policy foundations.

US Foundation Endowments: A Missing Piece to Maximizing Impact

Lisa Woll | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Lisa Woll

Philanthropic giving by foundations has been and continues to be an important contribution to social, economic and environmental justice here and abroad. Yet, foundations are unnecessarily limiting themselves.

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Cathy Clark and Jed Emerson. Some may be surprised to hear it, but impact investing would barely exist -- certainly not at its curr...

D.Light Raises $11 Million to Light up Developing World

David Bank | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
David Bank

Like Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatApp, the announcement that d.light design has closed $11 million in new financing is a signal of Silico...

Leadership that Challenges Corruption

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Patient capital is vital for early-stage investing when the company must confront significant challenges to disrupt an industry. At this stage, few other than philanthropy-based patient capital will take the financial risk the company needs for experimentation.

The New Global Leader, Part VI: Jens Rötzel, Driving Sustainable Growth in Africa

O'Brien Browne | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

A true entrepreneur, Jens founded his first company at age 18. He is CEO of JRX Ghana, a company which specializes in connecting non-African companies with African firms to create win-win business for all.

How to Make a Bigger Impact With Your Investments in 2014

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.19.2014 | Money
Jorge Newbery

If you're looking to make a bigger social impact with your investments this year, you have many options. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

Massachusetts Pay for Success Initiative Advances Government, Private Sector, and Philanthropic Investment in Human Capital

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Can you do good and do well? This is the driving question for impact investors - those who want their dollars to both provide a reasonable return on ...

Finding New Wealth for Environmental Gain

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Although social impact investing has been around for a pretty good while (e.g., microfinance, gender lens investing, etc), the reality is that investment vehicles for conservation has lagged behind.

UN PRI and Responsible Investing: Principles That Include Metrics

Max Rutten | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Max Rutten

there is no better time to remind companies and investors of the importance to measure not only their financial but also their non-financial performance.

Investing in a Reshaping World

Arif Naqvi | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Arif Naqvi

Whatever else happens, the 21st century will be remembered for the rise of markets across Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey.

Courage and Conviction: Eric's Story

Acumen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Acumen

When we handed Eric the money he earned, his face broke into smiles. "This is so amazing! I've never seen so much cash in one place in my life." Eric continued to grasp the roll of money in both hands, as if feeling its heft over and over.