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Impact Investing 2017—Impediments and Accelerants

Realizing the opportunity to use capital for greater purposes than financial returns alone, investors across asset classes are aligning their investments with their values. By doing so, they are embracing the belief that it is not only a benefit to transformational areas of need, but also a sound financial strategy that anticipates and takes advantage

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5 investment trends behind growth in sustainable and impact investing

Money talks, especially when you have almost $9 trillion at play.  The total dollars invested in the United States through sustainable, responsible and impact investing reached $8.72 trillion in 2016, up 33% from 2014, according to the US SIF Foundation's latest biennial "Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends." Increasingly, money managers and

The challenge for impact investing is management, not measurement

It feels like we’re at an important point in the evolution of impact investing.  While the field has shown tremendous growth over the past few years, there are far more asset owners still sitting on the sidelines – interested in impact, but not yet investing. So why is it that – to quote the famous

As impact investing grows, it moves toward defining moment – Pensions & Investments

Impact investing is in the midst of explosive growth as more investors look for ways to become involved. More investment capital flowing into impact investing strategies means more opportunities to make positive social and environmental change. Yet, while growth unlocks new and exciting possibilities, it also fuels long-lingering questions. As the impact investing industry grows,

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The eight semi-finalists for the $100 million MacArthur grant to solve the world’s biggest social problems

Meet the eight finalists for a $100 million grant to solve the world’s biggest social problems. The MacArthur Foundation, known for awarding the prestigious “genius” grants to people who have distinguished themselves in the arts and sciences, is in the process of assigning its largest grant ever. It will give $100 million to one of

What does the sustainable business of the future look like?

The 2017 Global Opportunity report released earlier this week by DNV GL, Sustainia and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The report ranks 15 global sustainability opportunities for firms based upon responses from 5,500 leaders within business, government and civil society. It claims that addressing issues found in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through cutting-edge

Will Equity Crowdfunding Accelerate Impact Investing in 2017?

This past May, a new law allowing equity crowdfunding opened a new world of possibilities for social entrepreneurs around the country.  The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Title III, the final part of the 2012 JOBS Act. The new regulation allows for equity crowdfunding, a mechanism that ordinary people can use to become stakeholders

Corporate Venturing for Social Impact in the Caribbean

Ask the average person on the street what comes to mind when they think of Jamaica, and the answer likely revolves around sun, rum, and music. But the Foromic conference in Montego Bay spotlighted the business side of Jamaica and the Caribbean, including how business leaders are beginning to recognize the region’s enormous potential for

Pioneering Social Impact Bonds for chronically homeless

2016 was the first year for Denver’s innovative Social Impact Bonds Initiative, partnering the city with homeless service providers and private investors to help chronically homeless people get off the streets and stay off the streets. Denver is the ninth city in the U.S. to initiate social impact bonds (SIBs), but it is the first

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The Year In Social Enterprise And Impact Investing: 5 Happenings Of Note In 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at some of the year's most noteworthy events and trends in the world of social enterprise and impact investing: Social enterprises embrace the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 2016 saw a spate of social enterprises and impact investors adopting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The American Brand: Why Responsible Businesses Win Abroad

More and more U.S. companies around the world are proving that meeting the “double bottom line” - doing well by doing good - is smart business. When American firms invest abroad, they tend to invest for the long-term. They support communities where they operate. They hire local employees and are committed to treating them fairly.

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Worried About America’s Most Vulnerable? Support Social Enterprise

If you want to make a philanthropic donation to an organization serving vulnerable Americans – either in your name or in the name of a loved one as a holiday gift – you could also consider social enterprises. Non-profits and civil liberties groups reported a surge of donations last month. Why? Because these organizations could

4 growth trends in impact investing

At the annual Global Impact Investing Network Forum in Amsterdam, the Sustainable Development Goals emerged as a guiding framework. As impact investing continues to show strong growth as a sector, the Sustainable Development Goals are fast emerging as a reference for an ever-diversifying range of actors seeking guidelines on how to invest for impact. “It is

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What Is the Future of Impact Investing?

“People are revisiting the relationship they want their capital to have with the world.”   This growing awareness around issues of sustainability has led to an expansion of the field of impact investing. In the process, investors have been developing better and better strategies and products for their portfolios, while companies presenting themselves to investor

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De-jargoned: impact investing—the business of doing good

When an investor puts money into a company, it is with the expectation of getting a good return. Impact investing is not charity and investors expect a return here too. The difference is that here they also want to make a positive impact. Besides looking at returns, they look to invest in companies whose activities

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Impact Investing and the Pursuit of Social Equity

There’s great potential for impact investing to decrease income equality in the United States, but for that to happen, investors need to pay more attention to how they structure their investments.  Impact investing is on the ascendency, with more than $60 billion in assets under management and the potential for that number to grow quickly

Is Responsible Investing Near a Tipping Point in North America?

With environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns becoming more pervasive among investors, Europe has taken an early lead in ESG adoption. But North America may not be far behind. ESG investing may not be common in North America right now, but based on our recent ESG survey of more than 60 North American institutional asset

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On Philanthropy: Donors as impact investors

Important information about trends in individual and family philanthropy is revealed by two recent studies. These findings help us understand the nature of philanthropy in the U.S. They are pertinent to philanthropists and nonprofit organizations alike. Some of those findings include: • In 2015, 91 percent of high-net-worth households donated to charity — compared with

Why Millennials Care About Social Impact Investing

Millennials, more than any previous generation, are investing in organizations that prioritize the greater good, most of which seek to provide access to resources, opportunities and rights that many of us take for granted. Millennials want to invest in organizations that don’t focus on lining the pockets of their boards of directors. They want to

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