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Small and Growing Businesses: Investing in the Missing Middle for Poverty Alleviation

By Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs | Economic Development, Library, SME Finance

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is an international network of over 150 organizations that support an important subset of firms in developing countries – Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs), defined as growth-oriented firms employing between 5 and 250 people, and seeking between $20,000 and $2 million in investment…

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Deconstructing Impact Investing

By Paul Brest | Library

Originally published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2013 There has been an increasing realization that, along with philanthropy and government aid, private enterprise can contribute to solving social and environmental problems. At the same time, a growing number of investors are expressing a desire to “do good while doing…

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Strengthening Health Systems in Developing Countries Through Private Investment

By Calvert Foundation, International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, CASE, Investors' Circle | Health, Library

This report was produced by the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE), the Calvert Foundation, and Investors’ Circle, with funding from USAID. The report’s authors reviewed ~80 organizations and interviewed ~30 capital providers to understand the landscape of global health…

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Innovative Funding Models for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

By New York Academy of Sciences | Health, Library, Neurodegenerative Diseases

This eBriefing, published by the New York Academy of Sciences in March 2015, documents the Innovative Funding Models for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Workshop convened in December 2014 . The eBriefing explores public and private funding mechanisms to meet the challenges of financing AD research and care. It considers several…

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Impact Investing: A Primer for Family Offices

By World Economic Forum | Impact Investing, Library

This report, published in December 2014, is the latest in a series of reports the World Economic Forum has produced on impact investing. Its authors are Michael Drexler, Senior Director Head of Investors Industries, and Abigail Noble, Associate Director Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the WEF.  Impact investing has become…

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Impact Investing 2.0: Insight from 12 Outstanding Funds

By Pacific Community Ventures, CASE, ImpactAssets | Impact Investing, Library

This report by Cathy Clark, Ben Thornley, and Jed Emerson profiles twelve funds in various sectors pursing very different investment strategies. Their success across such a broad set of parameters offers many lessons for the industry and beyond. For every pioneer blazing a path forward in impact investing, there are…

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Investing In Conservation: A landscape assessment of an emerging market

By NatureVest, EKO Asset Management Partners | Conservation Finance, Environment, Library

With this report, EKO Asset Management Partners, JPMorgan Chase, The Nature Conservancy, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation are pleased to present the first study of the market for conservation-related impact investments. This report is intended to speak to a range of audiences,…

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Impact Investing Through A Donor-Advised Fund

By David A. Levitt, Adler & Colvin | Impact Investing, Library

The Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a rapidly growing vehicle for charitable giving in the United States. What is a DAF and how can impact investors use it to invest in social challenges. This report by David Levitt, principal of Adler & Colvin law firm in San Francisco, discusses impact investing through…

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Social and Environmental Due Diligence: From the Impact Case to the Business Case

By Root Capital | African Sustainable Agriculture, Agriculture, Library

Root Capital is a non-profit agricultural lender that developed tools and methodologies for conducting due diligence on the social and environmental contexts and practices of the agricultural businesses that it lends to as a way to put its mission into practice, and to demonstrate its impact. Practices ranging from peat burning for palm…

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