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'Eye-opening' Impact Assessment: How Benchmarks Can Boost Social and Business Outcomes

Last month, Acumen launched our Energy Impact Report, a comprehensive look at our 10 years investing in off-grid energy. In the report, we shared the …

Grameen America Gets Into Impact Investing Game

By<p>Jan. 30, 2018 10:51 a.m. ET<p>Grameen America, a U.S microfinance nonprofit founded by Muhammad Yunus, announced Tuesday that it closed its first …

Investing

Grameen America Celebrates 10 Years of Empowering Women through Microfinance as it Announces Foray into Impact Investing | Grameen America

<i>Nonprofit opens its funding to impact investing through the first in a series of Social Business Funds</i><p><b>JANUARY 30, 2018 — NEW YORK, NY —</b> This month, …

Impact Investing

The Markets Are Moving to Impact. Are You? | Investopedia

A venture capitalist in Mumbai funds a start-up that connects smallholder farmers to satellite data to better manage their crops. A community …

What The Divestment Movement Can Teach Us About Impact Investing

Investors, both retail and institutional, can drive change and contribute to a more sustainable world.<p>The Catholic Church made headlines recently …

Investing

Who Will Pay For Nature? How To Catalyze Private Investment In Sustainability

As more and more world leaders call for action on climate change, a difficult challenge arises: How do we pay for it?<p>It will take an estimated $5-7 trillion per year over the next 15 years to solve climate change and to meet the other U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”), from ending extreme …

Sustainability

The Venture For The Future: Sustainable, Responsible And Impact Investing

The Present Value of SRI<p>"Out with the old and in with new," but can the same be said with unsustainable investments? If you were to ask sustainable, …

Investing

Complicit: Where are impact investors as the tax bill redistributes wealth upward?

Talk about a meme whose time has come. “Complicit” is the word of the year, according to Dictionary.com, which made the selection even before the …

Impact investing: A force that transforms

Impact investment is disrupting capital allocation and reforming the not-for-profit sector, writes EY's Christopher Thorn.

Investing

As Wealthy Millennials Take Control Of Family Fortunes, Impact Investing Is Set For A Big Boost

More than a quarter of ultra-net-worth “family offices” are now putting money into social and environmental areas–and that number is rising.<p>The world’s richest families are increasingly investing their money in good causes, giving a boost to the growing, if still challenged, impact investing space. …

Impact investing in fisheries evolving slowly but surely

Impact investing—investing for social and environmental benefit along with profit—is increasingly playing a leading role in addressing problems …

The Surprising Solution To The Global Water Crisis: Solar Power

It’s a universal, and undeniable fact that water is a basic need for human life. The average person needs to consume half a gallon (or 2 liters) of water daily to stay healthy. Yet many across the world don’t even have access to clean drinking water.<p>According to the World Health Organization (WHO) …

Indian Army

Brain Gain: Impact investing in Latin America’s new wave of startups

Here’s a provocative impact thesis: Supporting almost any forward-thinking, technology-based venture in Latin America is a form of impact investing.

Impact Investing Is Being Democratized—and Marginalized Communities Are Benefiting (Blog)

By Amy CorteseThe first comprehensive snapshot of community investing in the United States points to increased diversity and inclusion for startup …

Venture Capital

Almost grown: Where now for impact investment?

Billions of dollars are now invested to create social impact as well as financial return. But with powerful new players such as Goldman Sachs and the …

Social Enterprise

Impact investing: What it is and how could it help climate finance?

Getting on for a decade ago, working for the Omidyar Network, I was tangentially present around the birth of the Global Impact Investing Network or …

Bringing the Last Decade of Impact Investing to Life: An Interactive Timeline

Over the past decade, the Impact Investing movement has grown in extraordinary ways. We have seen investors and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds …

Investing

Impact investing can achieve market rate returns report says

<i>A new report, Global Impact Investing Network Perspectives: Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments, provides a comprehensive</i> …

Investing

Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Deals? Why the Creative Economy Could Be the Next Big Focus for Impact Investing

Impact investing is going mainstream. Don’t take my word for it, that’s what Forbes, McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum say. …

Creative Industries

Impact Investors Are Setting the Tone for Aligning With the SDGs

Earlier this fall we talked about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a collective action agenda that offers a coordinated approach to ending …

Investing

The Future of Impact Investing.

Hot TopicsInterviews<p>— October 17, 2017<p>0<p><i>We asked 10 social finance leaders to predict what is coming up in the world of impact investing, how we can</i> …

Salesforce Just Launched A $50 Million Impact Investing Fund

It will focus on investing on companies doing innovative impact work using Salesforce’s software in the fields of workplace development, equality, sustainability, and the social sector.<p>Over the last decade and a half, the cloud computing giant Salesforce has rewritten the rulebook for how corporate …

From Goldman To Impact Investing: How This MBA Is Helping Traditional Investors To Help The Poor

I met Clare Murray through our common Columbia Business School connection roots over a year ago. Like many business school colleagues, she was looking for a way to use her finance background and skills to contribute to social change. She was already involved with BlackRock’s Sustainable Investing …

Investing

Impact Investing: Take the Risk Your Challenge Deserves

<i>Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside</i> …

Innovation

The Case for Impact Investing by Small and Mid-Size Family Foundations (Blog)

By Stacey Faella & Margaret GiffordThere is opportunity for private family foundations of all sizes, including small and mid-size foundations, to …

Impact Investing

What is an Impact Search Fund?

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Valuing Social Impact Expertise in Impact Investing (Blog)

By Bernadette Clavier & Neil MalhotraThe expertise and wisdom of social impact professionals is not as important to financiers as it should be.

Venture Capital

First-ever ‘impact rating’ issued for a publicly traded mutual fund

Smarter Money<i>Ratings aim to hold large fund managers accountable for delivering on wide range of impacts</i>Impact investing’s march into the mainstream …

Impact Management Case Study in Off-Grid Energy (Acumen)

This case study brings the full impact management process to life from the perspective of Acumen, an investment manager who has made a number of …

Off-grid