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The Leap of Faith to the Impact Space

<b>By Alex Soskin</b><p>People, planet, profit. The triple bottom line. Most people know what this means by now. What a relief! It's about time social innovation's growth picked up some pace.<p>In my view, social impact is about working toward a more just, fair and equitable society in which everyone has the …

Social Impact Investing: A Flash In The Pan Or The Wave Of The Future?

My role as a wealth advisor requires me to evaluate the multiple investment options available to our clients and distinguish which offer real, long-term opportunity from those that are just the latest fad.<p>In that vein, is social impact investing here to stay or is it just a flash in the pan.<p>I’m …

Omidyar Network, Founded By eBay Billionaire, Creates Opportunities Through Impact Investing

On the day Pierre Omidyar became a billionaire, he knew he wanted to put his money to good use.<p>In September 1998, the eBay founder watched his stake in the company rise to over $1 billion on the first day of public trading. Having written the original software for the site only three years prior, …

Five Takeaways: The G8 and Social Impact Investing

The UK government planted the Union Jack squarely at the center of social impact investing at the dedicated G8 meeting June 6 - hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in concert with Cabinet visionary Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, and Sir Ronald Cohen, who in the space of eight hours was …

Impact Investing: Unleashing Institutional Capital

<i>The interest surrounding impact investing has not yet translated into a substantial increase in the amount of capital deployed. But that may be changing.</i><p>The ability of impact investing to earn both a financial and social return is appealing, all the more so in light of the excesses of finance over …

Impact investing: harnessing the power of business for social good

Global development professionals network,New development models hub,Development finance,Investing,Global development,Financial sector,Business,Philanthropy,Society,Charities,Technology<p>David Cameron put impact investing high on the G8 agenda, but we have only touched the surface of what is achievable<p>…

Impact investing: an idea whose time has come

Impact investing links measurable social outcomes and financial returns. By harnessing entrepreneurship and innovation it can fund the growth of non-profits and for-profits to tackle society's toughest challenges more effectively and at scale. It has made great advances in 2013. The debate is now …

The challenges of setting up a social investment fund

It's been a tough but rewarding year for me and the team at Nesta Impact Investments. We opened our investment fund in late 2012, backed by Big Society Capital and Omidyar Network, and pressure to find investments which were both socially innovative and commercial began.<p>One thing that surprised me …

One-Stop Site Paints A Clearer Picture For Impact Investors

Sure, the impact investing and social enterprise world is thriving. But it’s also disjointed and often confusing, with a variety of groups, startups, investors, schools, conferences, and even basic terminology.<p>Brian Kaminer recently launched a directory of resources and organizations to make the …

Impact Investing: A Fast-Growing Asset Class

Impact Investing is creating significant buzz. It falls somewhere between charitable giving and socially responsible investing. Here are some …

Does India Need Its Own 'Impact' Investors?

The sun has appeared in Delhi. The “fog,” that clogs Delhi mornings in the winter, or as locals joke, less fog, more smog, has gone for a hiatus today. Perhaps in celebration of the “do-gooders” who are gathering to discuss the challenges of investing in India.<p>About 100 venture capitalists, …

Is 'Impact Investing' Just Bad Economics?

There was an entertaining article in this Sunday’s <i>New York Times</i> Style Section about a gang of rich kids who got to go on a field trip to the White House to “empower” them and let them schmooze about their charitable projects (possibly now to include the DNC?). My favorite line was a description of …

New Impact Investment Fund At Columbia Launched To Solve Big Social Problems

A team of young social entrepreneurs has created an impact investing fund associated with Columbia University called 118 Capital that will operate as a nonprofit. The founders all have recent degrees from Columbia.<p>118 Capital will invest in the U.S. and Latin America, focusing on serving …

Axa builds 'fund of funds' for socially responsible investing

OK, so you're a fund that supports microloans for education, and we like that. But what percentage of those loans are awarded to women? How many help people who are the first generation of their family to attend college? How do the loans improve access to education for those in rural areas? What …

So You Think You're An Impact Investor? A Conversation with Investor and Entrepreneur Charly Kleissner

Charly Kleissner is a former tech entrepreneur and early pioneer of impact investing. He moved from Austria to Silicon Valley in the mid 1980s and worked for Hewlett Packard, as well as alongside Steve Jobs. Two of the start-ups that Charly worked for were successfully sold, and one (Ariba) went …

Dr. Carolyn Woo of CRS Talks Impact Investing to End Poverty

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.<p>What if you could do investing, gain a financial return, and at the same time help the poor? Wouldn't that be the best way? That is what "impact …

Announcing the National Impact Initiative at the UK’s G8 Social Impact Investing Forum

Yesterday, at the UK’s G8 Social Impact Investing Forum in London, the Administration launched the National Impact Initiative (NII) to expand the use of impact investing as an element of the Administration’s strategies for economic growth and global development. In London, 150 top government …

Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

It's a great week for impact investing. At the White House roundtable on impact investing today, corporations, banks, foundations, and individuals including Prudential, Capricorn Investment Group and the Omidiyar Network committed to invest more than $1.5 billion in new capital into companies and …

Asia's social stock exchange poised to list first Retail Impact Bond

In my first TED talk Defiant Optimism for Development, I had four minutes to convince the world about the benefits of a social stock exchange. Four minutes and four years later, I have created an exchange in Asia which will host a revolutionary financial product to change lives.<p>In its report <i>Impact</i> …

Angel Investing for Impact and Profit

A divorced young mom with infant twins was struggling to make ends meet. Even though she had a full time job, and two years of a profitable business, she couldn't get a bank loan to expand her company. She was making fresh tea with spices -- chai, in a rented kitchen space once a week and selling …