Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Impact Investing


Socially responsible investing that produces triple bottom line results


Elizabeth Littlefield

Elizabeth Littlefield heads up OPIC, a federal agency that helps steer billions of dollars of private investment capital to developing countries.

By Johanna Mair | Summer 2012

Risky Business

How The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approaches high-risk philanthropic ventures.


Impact Investing: What Exactly Is New?

A veteran of the microfinance industry looks at impact investing through the lenses of history, language, and psychology.

By Roger Frank | 3 | Winter 2012

Roundtable on Impact Investing

A group of social innovation leaders from around the world discuss impact investing and how to make it more effective.

By Johanna Mair & Katherine Milligan | 8 | Winter 2012
Transforming How
We Make Money
While Making a
Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed

Shifting the Market

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference by Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed Emerson

Reviewed By David Chen | 1 | Winter 2012

Investing for the Safety Net

Technologies that reduce costs and improve care for the underserved are often the most difficult to scale up. But a handful of strategies could turn things around.


A Toniic for Start-Ups

Impact Investors at Toniic aim to create an ecosystem for investing in social entrepreneurs that mirrors the Silicon Valley way of doing deals.

By Suzie Boss | 1 | Spring 2011

Market-Minded Development

Acumen Fund uses impact investing to tackle global poverty. It's approach has garnered attention, but does it change aid?

By Hima Batavia, Justin Chakma, Hassan Masum, & Peter Singer | 5 | Winter 2011

Sell the Wind

What are social marketers to do when their target audience couldn’t care less about the change they want to make? Here's how one group got everyday people to care about alternative energy.

By Cathy L. Hartman & Edwin R. Stafford | Winter 2010

Grassroots Concrete

Build Change is shaking up construction practices in earthquake-prone areas.

By Brandon Keim | Winter 2010