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Impact Investing

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Ben Thornley | Posted 04.29.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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

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.

Impact Investing: It's Time

Ben Thornley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

We must ensure that, here at home, the urgency of the moment bolsters a unified vision and continuous legacy of policy innovation, creating pathways of opportunity for low-income people and places and making the American dream an achievable reality.

Analysis Firms Battling for Pole Position as Impact Investing Goes Big

Student Reporter | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Student Reporter

Which companies -- and which metrics -- will survive is up to investors to decide. Institutional investors all the way down to individuals -- or even you -- can vote with your wallets.

Adding Life to the Days of Terminally Ill Children in India

Hila Mehr | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

The care is delivered to the patient and their family or support system, usually by a team of experts that include physicians, nurses, social workers, health aides, chaplains as well as support personnel."

Choosing Social Impact During Business School

Acumen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact

How much of the life that you have now are you willing to give away? Throughout my time at business school I made a conscious effort to put myself into the world of social impact.

Let There Be Lightbulbs on Earth

Amanda Hanley | Posted 12.12.2013 | Impact
Amanda Hanley

It's the most luminous time of the year. In Chicago, our brilliant holiday tradition began 100 years ago, when the city's first Christmas tree radiat...

The Noble Cause

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Let us not forget that profit is impact, or should be. Profit is an important measure of business viability and financial stability. Profits generated mean growth, employment, taxes and dividends.

Celebrate Women's Impact on the Economy and Social Good This Week in Silicon Valley

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 02.03.2014 | Women
Kay Koplovitz

This is a great week to be in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to celebrate the impressive impact women are having on technology, the economy and the ...

Q&A With Morgan Stanley: Clients Demand Impact Investment Options

David Bank | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
David Bank

Watch this space: Major financial institutions are starting to compete for clients who want to mobilize their capital for social and environmental solutions.

Stocking the Investment Pipeline in Sustainable Seafood

David Bank | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Bank

There's now a good answer for impact investors who wonder where to look for deals in sustainable seafood and ocean preservation: Fish 2.0. Last wee...

Impact Investment Performance: Tiptoeing Toward Transparency

David Bank | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Bank

The recent release of details about the performance of several impact investment portfolios and funds is another step toward answering the question more and more investors are asking: Is impact a boost -- or a bust -- in terms of financial returns?

Impact Fund Invests in Aquaculture to Preserve Oceans

David Bank | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Bank

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that at current rates of consumption, an additional 23 million tons of seafood will be needed by 2030.

Investing With Purpose: The Evolution of Socially Responsible Investing

Amy Domini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Domini

By the time I launched my mutual funds the motivation for socially responsible investing had moved from 'consistent with my own values' to 'consistent with the values of human dignity and ecological sustainability.'

Impact Investing 2.0: Uncovering The "There There"

Paula Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Paula Goldman

As road tested impact investors, we know that there is "there there," and Impact Investing 2.0 is just the start of its discovery.

Opening the Curtain on the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Jed Emerson Impact investing has not been growing as quickly as many practitioners might have hoped. Knowledge of what does and does...

The Differences Among Socially Responsible, Impact, and Common Good Investing: The Latter Is the Future of All Investing

Terry Mollner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

The only thing that sustains the consistent feeling of pure joy is doing in this moment whatever we can uniquely do for the common good. It is the only priority that provides the consistent experience of happiness, our birthright.