Resources on the topic of Impact Investing

Donation of ideas is better than just cash

Luke Johnson’s explains his point of view that “It is often better for a business founder to build their own social enterprise than join an existing one.”
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Commerce and Conscience – Social Impact Bonds

The homelessness SIB (Social Impact Bond) is one of 14 that have now been issued or are in development in Britain, which pioneered the instrument back in 2010 with a bond funding a prisoner-rehabilitation programme in Peterborough. The idea is also winning fans elsewhere. New York city launched a SIB last year tackling recidivism among inmates at Rikers Island prison; Goldman Sachs is among the investors.
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Investors Profit by Giving Through Social Impact Bonds

The “social impact bond,” also known as a “pay for success” bond, is the latest — and most discussed — tool in a broader playbook philanthropists are using to blend business and charity to make a bigger difference. Sometimes known as impact investing, these approaches include providing low-interest loans to nonprofits, making equity investments in companies that tackle social problems and investing a portion of a foundation’s endowment in enterprises that produce measurable benefits to society and a financial return.
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The Impact Investor – A Market Emerges: The Six Dynamics of Impact Investing

The Impact Investor is a project to build data-driven and practitioner-guided knowledge for the rapidly growing field of impact investing. It is a partnership between InSight, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University, and ImpactAssets. The second report in the project seeks to identify and define the evolving tensions within impact investing classifying these as Six Dynamics, each of which describes a unique set of relationships, challenges and questions that underpins a deeper understanding of the best practices required to deliver blended financial and social returns successfully.
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Charities should consider social impact when investing

Charities have always been investing their money. But traditionally trustees’ focus has been on maximising the potential financial return rather than considering the positive social impact of their investments. Charity commission guidelines to trustees until recently have emphasised the importance of getting the best financial return so more money can go into grants and services
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The Emergence of Impact Investing by Geoffrey Moore

Event date: June 13, 2012
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Sustainable Investing: Why it matters to all of us by Milla Craig

Event date: June 13, 2012
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TFSF – 2011 Progress Report

Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good

Measuring Progress During Year One

The Canadian Task Force on Social Finance was conceived by Social Innovation Generation (SiG) to identify opportunities to mobilize private capital for public good, within either non-profit or for-profit enterprises. The landmark report “Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good” was released by the Task Force in December 2010 to a receptive audience from across Canada.

Value Judgement

If ESG works why are funds cutting back on socially responsible investment teams?
“Investors are starting to ask whether ethical investing is a bull-market luxury that really has no place in these straitened economic times. Yet this is to miss the bigger question of whether ethical funds actually delivered on performance numbers …”
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Making Your Tax Dollars More Effective: A New Model For Impact Investing

This is part a series of posts about how we understand and assess the impact of leading social entrepreneurs and other game-changers. See the first one here.
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