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Impact Investing

 

Socially responsible investing that produces triple bottom line results

 
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The Rise of Gender Capitalism

Investing with a gender lens creates financial returns and improves the lives of women and girls and their communities.

 
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A New Vision for Funding Science

Philanthropic investment can close the funding gap between science research and the commercialization of science-based products.

 
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A Guide to “Good” Investment

Two impact investing pioneers offer a primer on efforts to generate both social benefits and financial returns.

Reviewed By Cathy Clark | Fall 2014
 

Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors

Measuring Social Impacts outlines a five-step method for figuring out which impacts matter and how to measure them.

 

Creative Financing for Social Enterprise

Hybrid legal forms offer only a limited solution to the challenge of helping organizations access capital. Includes magazine extras.

 

A Fault in Funding

An initiative undertaken by the World Bank reveals a troubling gap in the financing of social enterprises.

 

Unpacking the Impact in Impact Investing

A longer version of "When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?" from the Fall 2013 Up for Debate feature.

By Paul Brest & Kelly Born | Aug. 14, 2013
 
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When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?

It is possible for impact investors to achieve social impact along with market rate returns, but it's not easy to do.

 

Factoring for Change

To support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, investors are drawing upon a financial tradition that dates back centuries.

 

The Growth of European Venture Philanthropy

Growing numbers of foundations, government agencies, and corporations in Europe are adopting venture philanthropy practices.