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Economic Development

Investment Appetite Surges in Opportunity Zones

By Rohini Mukherjee | Blog, Economic Development

There has been a lot of buzz about the potential for Opportunity Zone Funds ever since they were mandated by Congress through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Investors can defer capital gains taxes by investing in Opportunity Zone Funds, which invest in designated under-developed areas to rebuild…

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Data-Driven Impact: A New Era of Impact Measurement

By David Shrier and Michele Demers | Data-Driven Impact, Economic Development, Education, General Impact Investing, Health, Impact Investing, Library

The investment industry needs a data-driven approach to impact measurement, that addresses the nearly $23 trillion of professionally managed assets in values-based investing, as individual and institutional investors seek to invest with both profit and purpose. We analyzed various methods of defining and measuring impact to see what is working…

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Labor Lens Investing: The Business Case for Fair Labor Investing

By Mark Pinsky, Faris Natour, Michele Demers | Economic Development, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Labor Lens Investing, Library, Uncategorized

Read the Report Here This paper describes a promising new effort to fight global labor exploitation using financing strategies to advance and expand the global trend toward fair labor practices. It focuses on private market investment innovations and opportunities, where investors interested in improving global labor conditions while achieving positive…

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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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Expanding the Market for Community Investment in the United States

By US SIF Foundation, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Milken Institute | Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Library

Over 18 months, the US SIF Foundation, the Initiative for Responsible Investment, and the Milken Institute, explored strategies to attract new investors into community-based investment. Their findings are published in this report. The financial crisis and recession has awakened interest in new investment approaches that have clear collateral benefits to…

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