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Impact Investing

Non-profits and the Story Wars

Brady Josephson | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Tell great stories or die. That may seem a bit harsh but there are some harsh indicators that the non-profit sector is under siege.

Joe Van Brussel

Graduate Students Across The Country Want A Blend Of Money And Meaning | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 11.16.2012 | Money

Where does getting a paycheck meet making a difference? For some students around the country, the often-separate goals are coming together in a variet...

What About the Demand Side of Impact Investing?

Randall Kempner | Posted 01.13.2013 | Business
Randall Kempner

We are excited about the increased interest in Impact Investing on the part of investors. But in order for this burgeoning sector to continue to be successful we need to ensure that we are working together to support the development of the entire ecosystem.

The Facts on U.S. Social Enterprise

Ben Thornley | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The Great Social Enterprise Census is open for business and will provide the data needed to support sustainable growth and job creation in this emerging sector of the economy. If what your enterprise does, or how and why you do it, is motivated by social purpose, now is the time to join a movement.

Joe Van Brussel

Finance Fund Provides Critical Aid To Human Service Organizations | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.26.2012 | Impact

Nonprofit organizations have helped feed the hungry, care for the sick and provide shelter for the homeless. But who's helping the helpers? Organiz...

Joe Van Brussel

eBay Founder Uses Power Of Business To Fight Poverty | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.26.2012 | Money

On the day Pierre Omidyar became a billionaire, he knew he wanted to put his money to good use. In September 1998, the eBay founder watched his sta...

Joe Van Brussel

Role Of Business Evolving As Impact Investing Gains Steam | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.28.2012 | Money

If Mother Teresa and Carlos Slim had a financial vision for a love child, it might look like impact investing. Long-held assumptions about business...

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Ice Cream Giant Shows That Social Impact Is Good Business | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

Are Ben and Jerry a couple of sell-outs? That was the accusation hurled against the famed ice-cream entrepreneurs -- and beloved Vermont hippies --...

Impact Investing: A Growing Global Opportunity

Margot Brandenburg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
Margot Brandenburg

Against a backdrop of rising income and wealth inequalities, high volatility in commercial capital markets and a growing sense that "business as usual" is neither sustainable nor desirable, it should perhaps not be surprising that impact investing has gained such traction.

Impact Investing: A Broad Market With Expanding Appeal

Luther Ragin, Jr. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
Luther Ragin, Jr.

Today, the impact investing industry is at an inflection point, especially as the recent global financial crisis made more apparent than ever that traditional government and philanthropic funding cannot keep pace with the scope of our current global challenges.

The Pioneering Impact Investor

Ben Thornley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Impact investing is not for the faint of heart. The practice is unconventional and unpredictable. It requires key actors to step outside their comfort zones, in underdeveloped markets.

Impact Investing Grows in Popularity, Importance in the U.S.

Terri Ludwig | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
Terri Ludwig

Investing in one's community has been part of the culture in the U.S. since our country was founded. Early on, it was as simple as sharing an abundant crop with a neighbor or extending a hand to a stranger in need.

At 20, Investors' Circle Gets Its Groove Back

David Bank | Posted 12.14.2012 | Impact
David Bank

Investor's Circle, the 20-year-old network of mission-driven angel investors, has survived the long economic slowdown and a rough organizational patch and appears poised to have its best year since 2006.

Impact Investing Reaches a Turning Point

Michelle Long | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Michelle Long

A term that was itself only coined a couple of years ago, impact investing aims to shift industries and make an impact, not just to screen out negative or harmful investments. It is incredibly heartening on a number of levels to see the flood of interest coming.

Joe Van Brussel

Global Impact Investors Build Emerging Industry Together | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

Innovators from San Francisco to Sao Paolo are rethinking the roles of markets and philanthropy to address the world's most pressing problems -- and n...

Local Network Takes on Community Investing

Geri Stengel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Geri Stengel

So what can we expect from these local, community-investing gatherings and these innovative efforts to harness private-sector financing for important public initiatives?

Social Impact Bonds: Passing Fad or Revolutionary Innovation?

Michele Host | Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact
Michele Host

While social impact bonds are not going to cure all of America's social problems, if implemented wisely and slowly, these bonds could promote the kinds of public-private partnerships that politicians are good at praising but not at creating.

Joe Van Brussel

Impact Investor Network Helps Build Emerging Industry | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.18.2012 | Money

To keep the impact investing movement on the right track, investors are going to need a map. At the intersection of investors, funds, and social en...

Is It Time to Change the Positioning of Your Organization?

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

I am struck by how often there is impatience to get to the fundraising without taking the time to articulate why people should give. Think of it like dating. With so many potential suitors out there, why should you get chosen?

Joe Van Brussel

Investing Fund Seeks Social Impact Through Agriculture | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.22.2012 | Money

While driving to Boston to enroll as a Harvard MBA student, Willy Foote had what he described as an existential crisis. Foote was driving up from ...

The Impact Investing Grounds Are Shifting

Ben Thornley | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
Ben Thornley

Impact investing is likely to be difficult. It may even be costly, requiring the support of dedicated internal resources. But it is prudent and it is worth every dime. Clients are demanding it. Fund beneficiaries, and their communities, are counting on it.

Joe Van Brussel

Entrepreneurs Make It Their Mission To Offer Healthy Food To Kids | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.16.2012 | Small Business

First-grade students across the country are putting down the finger paint and picking up the crudite. As part of "Iron Chef"-style competitions, K...

The Social Stock Exchange

Justin Guay | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Justin Guay

To deliver on their lofty goal the SSE forces companies to prove their commitment by completing a Social Prospectus (SP) that discloses principles of social value creation. That may not sound groundbreaking but can you imagine a coal or oil company attempting to do that?

As Socially Responsible Investors Begin to Prioritize, Impact Investing Could Transition to Common Good Investing

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 12.15.2012 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

We can now begin to acknowledge our prioritization of the Common Good in our approach to everything, including investing. One starting point is to find investors -- and enterprises for them to invest in -- that prioritize the common good themselves.

Joe Van Brussel

Impact Investor Refuses To Choose Between Profit And Helping The Environment | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business

In the impact investing industry -- where funds, investors and social entrepreneurs consider an investment's potential social and environmental impact...