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How Capitalist Visionaries Will Change The World

Arjan Schütte | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Arjan Schütte

The developed world functions in no small part at the will of the free markets' Invisible Hand. But sadly our free markets and our financial systems have also left a toll on millions and have yet to touch billions.

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Ben Thornley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

From its origins in the closed circles of community finance, philanthropy, and international development, 2014 was a Big Bang for impact investing.

Impact Investing Offers Opportunity for Wealth Managers!

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 12.15.2014 | Money
Robert Rubinstein

Recently I was having a conversation with a private banker who manages wealth portfolios, and she lamented the difficulty of getting her HNW clients interested in Impact Investing. She was recounting to me the challenges she was having in getting her HNW clients interested in Impact Investing

Engaging the Tanzanian Market? Hakuna Matata!

Mickey Bergman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Small Business
Mickey Bergman

"Zanzibar" elicits images of sandy beaches, clear calm waters, private resorts, and idyllic vacations filled with great food, spices, music and cultur...

The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in Impact Investing

Randall Kempner | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Randall Kempner

I'm in the midst of an exciting and exhausting round on the conference circuit which has taken me across the continent and back. This week I'm in South Africa participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities. Luckily, I have had plenty of reading material for the plane rides.

What Women Want: The Changing Face of the Reasonable Investor

Jean Rogers | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Jean Rogers

"This is a Man's World" may have been the long-running theme song of our capital markets for decades, but when it comes to the investment field, women are singing a different tune. And companies may want to learn the lyrics.

Why We Should Be Investing in Protected Areas

Guilherme Leal | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Guilherme Leal

Whether it is the ecosystem services that support the conditions for life, or the natural resources necessary for the creation of products, business must be willing to explore investing in nature to protect its bottom lines.

3 Ways to Start Impact Investing

Susan Price | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Susan Price

Impact investing is loosely defined as putting your money into companies or organizations that aim to produce a social good while generating financial returns.

Enterprise First Development

Pioneers for Change | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Eoghan Mackie Following strong encouragement from my parents and the education system I was privileged to be part of, I started my career as a ...

Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

David Bank | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
David Bank

In conservation finance, at least for the moment, the shortage is not in the availability of capital, but in the pipeline of investment vehicles that meet investors' criteria for risk-adjusted returns and experienced management teams, according to a detailed new survey of conservation impact investors.

The Impact Investor: A Modern Day Sisyphus?

Robert Foster | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Robert Foster

Thanks to our imperfect, yet glorious, democracy we have the opportunity to make an impact investment in reversing this trend. Even more, this deal won't require you to decide which GIIRS metrics to use or haggle over pre-money valuations. All you need to do is believe we owe it to our future generations - and our pocketbooks - to reduce the corrosive influence of money in politics.

Do Ask, Do Tell

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

If you are trying to change the world with money, by investing in products and services that you think are good, you cannot ask too many questions. If you are a fund manager or consultant, an advisor or a pundit, be honest about what you know and don't know. Do tell.

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

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.13.2014 | 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 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.

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

Two tech billionaires and an entrepreneur walk into a bar.

To Grow Impact Investing, Focus on Multilingual Leadership

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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.