Impact Investing Blog

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February 17, 2015
The growing movement toward transparency in impact investing Inspiring as it is, the rising popularity of impact investing has spawned some unfortunate side effects. For instance, as demand for a social component has grown among investors, so have efforts to brand standard equity investments with the impact label – even when their actual impact is negligible... [Read More] William Burckart (...

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February 2, 2015
How impact investing is shifting paradigms in the public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors As impact investing has grown, it has begun to reshape traditional approaches to financing socially focused initiatives – sometimes to the point where paradigms start to shift. Take bonds for instance...[Read More] In the final post in this series, I’ll explore the growing movement toward transparency,...

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The momentum in impact investing is real - but so is the need for clarity about the changes (and challenges) underway In many ways, impact investing is on a winning streak. Consider a few recent milestones that illustrate the sector’s growing momentum... [Read More] In the remainder of this three-part series, I’ll explore some of the core insights from the book. The next post will cover the...

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October 28, 2014
“Passing the Torch on Impact Investing” is a new op-ed in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about the recently released New Frontiers of Philanthropy book. The New Frontiers book, which was edited by Lester Salamon and that William Burckart managed the production of, represents the culmination of six years of painstaking work to map how philanthropy is being reinvented in the 21st century. It...

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How Impact Investing Can Expand the Reach and Role of Community and Economic Development The limited number of opportunities for “impact investing”—investments intended to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns—is restricting the growth of this style of investing, according to a global survey of practitioners undertaken by Impact Economy for the U.K....

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August 18, 2014
How Impact Investing Can Put Capital Providers and Seekers on the Road to More Investible Deals It’s encouraging to see that a growing number of financial institutions are beginning to embrace impact investing. But investors, funds and advisors are nonetheless struggling with different elements of impact investing strategies—including the sourcing of investments and building fund portfolios, as...

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For all its buzz, impact investing—the practice of investing with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return—remains a relatively niche phenomena. This, despite its headline-generating promises to save the world from the issues created by skyrocketing deficits, uncertain financial markets, and staggering need.Read more... By William Burckart...

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The news releases arrived in noteworthy succession throughout 2013. Morgan Stanley, UBS AG, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co.— some of the biggest names in the financial services industry — announced plans to establish or augment their activities around impact investing... Read More > By William Burckart in InvestmentNews - Jun 29, 2014

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Interest in impact investing—the practice of investing with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return—has hit a fever pitch. Various factors are contributing to growing awareness, with the prospect of servicing latent client demand (i.e., future business growth) being chief among them. A number of financial institutions are utilizing parts...

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This post is part of a series on impact investing for MMI’s membership  Join the global leaders of impact capitalism at the 2014 Impact Economy Symposium & Retreat from June 13-15 at a Swiss Castle overlooking Lake Constance and close to Zurich. The Symposium is a by-invitation only gathering designed for asset owners and business leaders looking to turbo charge their investing, businesses,...

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