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How Investors Can (and Can’t) Create Social Value

By Paul Brest, Ronald Gilson, & Mark Wolfson | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

The vast majority of investors throughout the world have a single goal: to earn the highest financial return. These socially-neutral investors only want to maximize their risk-adjusted returns and would not accept a lower financial return from a socially beneficial investment. An increasing number of socially-motivated investors have other goals…

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Putting the ‘S’ in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors

By Casey O’Connor and Sarah Labowitz | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

Until recently, sustainable investing was a niche in the broader financial landscape. But today, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly important to mainstream investors. Large financial firms like Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs are expanding their ESG product and service offerings. Going forward, women and millennials are…

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Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing

By Gray, Ashburn, et al. | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

Given the pressure to find liquidity, GPs may face tradeoffs between maximizing financial returns and ensuring the preservation of portfolio companies’ missions, and therefore, many wonder if GPs will sacrifice mission in exchange for financial returns. Read the full report here

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Across the Returns Continuum

By Matt Bannick, Paula Goldman, Michael Kubzansky, & Yasemin Saltuk | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

For many years, the field of impact investing played host to great debates that involved seemingly irreconcilable positions: Was it possible to achieve both market-rate financial returns and meaningful social impact? Could philanthropic funding coexist effectively with commercial investment? Now, as the field reaches a new stage of maturity, leading…

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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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