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The Boundless Library is where you can find research reports and articles from thought leaders and organizations in the impact investing field. These resources are either sector-specific or focused on general impact investing issues. All reports are tagged by sector as well as content keywords. We welcome suggestions for impact investing and sector reports and would like to hear from you. Please contact us at info@boundlessimpact.net to submit recommendations.

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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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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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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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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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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