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Millennial Recruitment and Impact Investing

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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.

"USDA-Approved" Conservation Innovation

David Bank | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
David Bank

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden "plyscrapers." Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents' Department of Agriculture.

It's Time to End the Misconception That Impact Investing Isn't Financially Profitable

Praful Shah | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Praful Shah

It is a fallacy that there is no return on investment in impact investing. One of the reasons the impact investments are successful is the passion of the founder and the team for the cause.

Private Capital, Public Good, Federal Policy

David Bank | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
David Bank

The report, the White House event and this week's activities on Capitol Hill kick off a summer of impact investment advocacy that will culminate in a September report from a global task force established at last June's G8 summit in the United Kingdom.

Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

Jean Case | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Jean Case

As we look at a world with urgent needs, many realize that there is an incredible opportunity to more effectively bring companies and entrepreneurs into the business of solving social problems by both tapping the entrepreneurial spirit, and by leveraging the power of the private sector.

Revving Our Engines: 10 Lessons From Launching an Impact Accelerator

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

Impact entrepreneurs and impact investors are interconnected and mutually dependent: Early-stage companies need investment to fund their development and growth, and impact investors need good deals to fund.

Dr. Carolyn Woo of CRS Talks Impact Investing to End Poverty

William Lambers | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Lots of people invest their money one way or another. It's in one's self-interest to build their own financial security. Some people do very well at it.

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 06.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

Social Businesses Look to Accelerate Impact

Neil Parmar | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Few focus on supporting social purpose businesses that aim to provide investors with a financial return as well as a positive social impact.

Who Wants to Be a Trillionaire?

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Imagine what the world would look like if impact investing had the same mainstream acceptance as value investing? There would be fewer people imprison...

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.

Life Is So Short: If Not of Purpose, Then of What?

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Everywhere I sense a shift in the seasons, a yearning for greater purpose, for moving with empathy as well as pragmatism -- a growing understanding that we are all in this together.

Searching for Meaning in Paris

Katherine Milligan | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Katherine Milligan

Over and over, panellists spoke about the need to bring values and meaning back into our monetary and governance systems if we hope to create a prosperous world in the truest sense of the word.

Climate Change: Changing Design, Not Minds

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Like many complex social problems, climate has been reduced to a religious debate -- you must believe as I do! But actions speak louder than words, and it's pretty easy to see where our past actions have us headed.

Finding Ethical Alpha

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Katherin Collins elegantly demonstrated that there is too much uncertainty about the future to depend on data from the past, and so we best order our investments with policies, procedures and processes that are at least in harmony with nature.

Conserving Landscapes and Ecosystems With Private Investment

David Bank | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
David Bank

Private investors are finding new opportunities to invest in large-scale conservation efforts intended to protect biodiversity and boost "ecosystem services" such as clean water, clean air and carbon storage.

Impact Begins Inside the Company

Acumen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Acumen

The lifeblood of the local economy has traditionally been small scale agriculture and trading businesses, particularly as this town sits on the road between Aflao (on the Togo border) and Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

The Nature of Investing by Katherine Collins... a Review

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

You might ask why a very successful professional at the top of her game might leave the comfort and prestige of a hard-won executive role leading the largest research team in the world to go on a pilgrimage, build houses in 20 remote countries for Habitat for Humanity all while roping in a degree from the Harvard Divinity School!

7 Things We've Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

As far as impact investing has come in seven years, there is still more to do to make it the norm, and give everyday investors access to a range of investment products.

Momentum Builds for 100 Percent Impact Investment Movement

Don Shaffer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

When I first started working in impact investing, the field's challenges were foundational: refining the concept, finding suitable investments, figuring out how to measure impact, even determining what to call the concept.

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted...