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socially responsible investment advisors

It’s About to Become Easier to Choose a Socially Responsible Investment Advisor

Anne Field | July 10, 2018

Starting this fall, choosing a financial advisor may become a little easier for people who care about the impact their money is having—thanks to a brand new professional designation for financial advisors that was recently unveiled by the College of Financial Planning, in collaboration with the US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Called the Chartered […]

Four Recent Reports Shed Light on the State of Impact Investing

Randy Mueller | June 21, 2018

Having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in the world of impact investing? Allow us to help. We dove into the weeds of four of the field’s most notable recent studies, extracting the most interesting findings for you. Some of the key themes involve the mainstreaming of impact investing, the vital role that women […]

Is Your Financial Advisor ‘Best for the World’?

Randy Mueller | June 14, 2018

Impact investing is going mainstream. But while you may rest easier knowing that your nest egg is making a positive contribution to society (as well as your financial position), what about the financial intermediaries in your life? Every year, B Lab publishes a list of “Best for the World” B Corps—those that rank in the […]

Obvious Ventures

Obvious Ventures: Investing in Solutions for People and Planet

B the Change | May 23, 2018

Entrepreneurs are often lauded as “disruptors” in their fields. But what about funders? Early stage venture capital firm Obvious Ventures is betting on a way of investing that disrupts the process at its core. The Silicon Valley-based firm makes investments in what it calls “world positive” companies, or “startups that create new solutions to big world […]

A Milestone For Oregon’s Community Public Offering

Amy Cortese | May 1, 2018

Judy Goodman has always been a trailblazer of sorts—you have to be, working as a research biologist, artist, yurt builder and chocolatier in the mountainous interiors of the Pacific Northwest, as she has. That rugged lifestyle—and many hours spent hiking, camping and skiing with her family— led to her latest venture: BGood Bars, which makes […]

Impact Fund Ontario

A Place-Based Impact Fund Debuts in Ontario

Anne Field | April 2, 2018

Impact investors are increasingly gravitating to place-based investing. The latest example: a new impact investing fund in Canada that will focus on loans to social and environmental enterprises in Southwestern Ontario. The VERGE Breakthrough Fund, as it is called, also underscores the willingness of impact investors to experiment with new approaches. The fund was created […]

Investing in Women

Women Founders Are Benefiting From Crowdfunding, but Where are the Women Investors?

Locavesting Staff | March 8, 2018

Investment crowdfunding is beginning to fulfill its promise of democratizing investment and access to capital. While women entrepreneurs are still outnumbered by men on most crowdfunding sites, their ranks are steadily growing. At Republic, a Regulation Crowdfunding portal that emphasizes women-owned ventures, 8 out of 13 businesses currently raising capital are women-owned. And on investibule, […]

Women’s Capital Collaborative Makes First Investments

Locavesting Staff | January 24, 2018

Millions of women around the world marched last weekend in a show of solidarity. And they are finding other ways to support one another. In particular, more women are investing in businesses led by women. The latest example: the Women’s Capital Collaborative, a fund created by RSF Social Finance, announced investments totaling nearly $1 million in four […]

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Is it Time to Finally Change Your Bank?

Locavesting Staff | January 4, 2018

Is this the year to finally change your bank? As the stock market reaches giddy new highs, it’s worth noting that it was just 10 years ago that a mortgage bubble and risky behavior fueled by the nation’s largest banks brought the economy to its knees. That experience—along with a backlash against the high, often […]

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Transform Finance: Bridging the Worlds of Finance and Social Justice

Anne Field | November 20, 2017

Impact investment has the potential to transform economies and societies, say its advocates. But the growing field is littered with examples of good intentions gone wrong—often the result of a “top-down” approach. How can impact investors avoid unintended consequences and ensure that their investments are aligned with the goals and needs of the people and […]