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Impact Investing

Data-Driven Impact: A New Era of Impact Measurement

By David Shrier and Michele Demers | Data, 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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Conservation Finance Market Overview

By Abby Degenhart and Micah Effron | Conservation Finance, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library

We are consuming natural resources, which seemed nearly infinite mere decades ago, at a pace that Earth cannot sustain. The degradation of Earth’s ecosystems and the air, soil, water, and natural habitats we depend on, along with the looming threat of climate change, urgently needs to be addressed to protect…

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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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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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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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