Topics Under Tag: "impact investing"

Impact investing lawyers

Celebrating the Creative Force Behind Impact Investing: Lawyers

Anne Field | July 1, 2019

The concepts of local and impact investing are easy for most people to embrace: what’s not to like about investing in places you love and businesses who are doing good in the world? But the methods of doing so require specialized knowledge of securities laws. That’s why lawyers may be the unsung heroes of impact […]

financial inclusion

Omidyar Network Spins Off Flourish, A Financial Inclusion Venture Firm

Anne Field | April 25, 2019

Creating a more inclusive economy is a pressing challenge. Acknowledging that, Omidyar Network has spun off its financial inclusion initiative into a standalone venture firm. Called Flourish, it backs entrepreneurs forming impact-oriented financial services ventures and continues the work of the past twelve years as part of Omidyar Network—including its existing $200 million portfolio. Flourish will […]

Impact Investors are not Funding the Patagonias of Tomorrow—and That’s a Problem

Harry Doull | January 24, 2019

The impact investing community does not always agree on everything. But ask any impact investor who the figureheads of the environmental movement that they look to for guidance are, and they’re likely to answer “Patagonia,” without skipping a beat. Patagonia is a global apparel brand with roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and considerable environmental street […]

SVX.US TechSoup

Impact Investing Platform SVX.US Debuts With Offering by TechSoup

Amy Cortese | November 14, 2018

A new impact investing platform is launching this week and its first offering—a financially self-sufficient global nonprofit—signals the type of innovative social enterprises it aims to help. The funding platform, SVX.US, is a three-way collaboration between Cutting Edge Capital, the Bay Area-based community capital consulting firm, Bequia Securities, a broker-dealer, and SVX Canada, an impact […]

transfer of wealth

Will a $9 Trillion Transfer of Wealth Benefit Communities?

Travis Green | September 15, 2018

Community foundations are an important piece of the localism movement across the United States. Although they account for just 1% of foundations in the United States, they have 10% of foundation assets, make 11% of grants, and today receive 16% of new gifts, according to the Foundation Center. They are champions of local causes, local […]

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 […]

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 […]