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Impact Investing

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 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 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.

"USDA-Approved" Conservation Innovation

David Bank | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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...