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Impact Investing

The New Non-Profit

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

Adapting and applying market based strategies for the non-profit sector would allow non-profits to potentially generate enough income to stabilize their core administrative needs. This would allow them to utilize revenue.

From Corporate Greed to Social Need: How Big Ass Brands Will Save the World

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Merry Carole Powers

How can we transform business into a force for good and in doing so, solve some of the toughest problems our planet and the people on it are currently facing?

The Social Impact Movement: Designing Nonprofits to Succeed

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Recently, I raised an awkward question: "Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?" As I wrote, for all the good work a nonprofit may do, it's often hard to tell if a it's really making a difference: fixing the underlying problem, rather than forever treating symptoms.

The Sharks of Microfinance and the Future of Impact Investing

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

Since impact investing is searching for the sweet spot between high-net-worth individuals' expectations for responsible investing and effective channels for catalyzing social change, we need to ensure that this financial instrument is not abused

What Does 83 Mean to You?

Roots of Peace | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg We're turning mines to vines that truly build roots of peace by making farmland usable again.

Moving Impact Investing to the Mainstream

Randall Kempner | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Randall Kempner

One of the more startling figures offered in the report was a stat from a recent survey by the CFA Association that discovered that 66 percent of financial advisers were unaware of impact investing. Two-thirds of the investment professionals hadn't even heard of it? C'mon.

Social Investing: Dollars and Sense for Global Justice

Sharlene Brown | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Sharlene Brown

The nature of supporting local economies from the grassroots favors patience and sustained investment as opposed to one-time donations. In other words, placing social investment in emerging economies is not about a quick fix to the global challenge of poverty.

The Question of Mainstreaming Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Ben Thornley

The process of mainstreaming impact investing is, quite literally, about asking the right questions, and having the right answers ready to provide.

From Margins to Mainstream: World Economic Forum Tackles Impact Investing

David Bank | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
David Bank

From the folks who brought us Davos comes a new report that cautiously concludes that impact investing is ready to break out from its niche and captur...

Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Too often, the starfish story is told to justify a charitable effort that's not making real change. When our starfish rescuer shows up for work tomorrow, there's going to be a whole new batch of starfish.

9 Points to Consider When Deciding on Impact Investments

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 11.05.2013 | Small Business
Tilman Ehrbeck

To think "a priori" about the likely market and business model characteristics will maximize the likelihood of success or, at least, make the challenges more explicit and therefore help manage expectations.

Impact Investing 2.0 -- What $3 Billion Tells Us About the Next $300 Billion

Cathy Clark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Cathy Clark

Impact Investing 2.0 has arrived. We have the lessons of those who have done this work successfully for years at our disposal. We should now focus on these emerging best practices and work to bring the field to scale.

The Consequences of Impact Investing on Philanthropy

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

Impact investors have two choices when it comes to influencing the philanthropic sector:convert their donations into investments or free philanthropists from inefficient burdens, helping them to focus on where their donations are needed most.

One Whole or Many Holes: Can Money Be Part of a Holistic System?

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 10.17.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

All sciences, even economics, have begun to recognize the point where cold quantitative, mathematical analysis cannot succeed in understanding life. Holistic thinking about money is here to stay.

Inspiration vs. Manipulation

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

When you stand for something, you inspire. You take a stand for something, usually bigger than yourself, and people relate. It motivates rather than manipulates.

Generating 'Non-Energy' to Drive Revenues from Efficiency

David Bank | Posted 08.15.2013 | Business
David Bank

Energy efficiency should be the low-hanging fruit of carbon-reduction schemes, with clear and reliable paybacks. Instead, the bountiful harvest has be...

Social Change in the Face of Austerity

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

The idea of these high net-worth individuals and empowered citizens taking action into their own hands is exciting, but what does this mean for our society as a whole?

Doing Good While Doing Well--The New Mantra Of Next-Gen Wealth

April Rudin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
April Rudin

Today, due to technological advances, IPO millionaires, successful succession planning, there is a younger breed of wealth that will soon surpass the baby-boomers in both dollars and influence. Wealthy baby boomers are far different in their likes, dislikes and values from their own next-generation children. Where there is significant wealth involved, it becomes even more critical to understand the differences between how to market and appeal to this next gen of wealth.

Q&A With Jacqueline Novogratz: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"What keeps me motivated is the tectonic shifts we're seeing in the next generation's engagement in the big challenges we face. They want to be a part of the solution."

The Poor: An Endangered Species?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

More than a billion have been lifted out of poverty in the past twenty years; by 2030, the total number of poor people will be down to 200 million, with virtually none in China.

Learning How to Scale Social Impact

Thane Kreiner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

s more social enterprises achieve meaningful scale, or implement models for parallel scaling such as open-source franchising, the dimensions of evaluation will necessarily increase.

An Impact Investing Milestone: The London Principles

Ben Thornley | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Impact investing has emerged as one the most important new instruments for creating social value at the disposal of governments. The London Principles have arrived at a time of unprecedented energy and experimentation.

Nonprofits and the Cost Benefit Solution

Harriet McDonald | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

In an era when states and the federal government are slashing spending, elected officials find it particularly difficult to even contemplate new investments in social services. But the truth is that they have seldom been needed more.

Solar Gold Rush

Billy Parish | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Billy Parish

One morning 165 years ago, James Marshall was examining his sawmill on the American River, near Coloma, Calif. Marshall was having a run of bad luck -...

7 Tips For Social Enterprises Looking To Raise Capital

Don Shaffer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Small Business
Don Shaffer

Raising growth capital is a challenge for most businesses, but social enterprises face an extra hurdle--they have to show how they're going to maximize their positive impact and demonstrate the qualities investors generally look for, including a strong management team, a unique approach to the market or problem, and growth potential.