Topics Under Tag: "impact investing"

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 […]

Jolene's First Cousin crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, Guerrilla-Style. Lessons From Jolene’s First Cousin.

Dara Westling | March 29, 2018

When Guerrilla Development opened up crowdfunding for its latest project, a two-building mixed-use development called Jolene’s First Cousin, the team figured there would be strong demand. An earlier project, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell (they have a penchant for quirky names to go along with their iconoclastic buildings), raised $1.5 million from 121 investors in eight months, […]

Grameen America Launches New Impact Investing Fund

Anne Field | February 6, 2018

Microlender Grameen America is upping its game in impact investing. The U.S.-based microfinance organization marked its ten-year anniversary last month by announcing a new $11 million impact investing fund, the first in what it said will be a series of new funds. Called the Social Business Fund, it’s aimed at providing additional money to women entrepreneurs […]

Community Foundations Go All-In on Place-Based Investing

Sarah Trent | January 29, 2018

Two years ago, Baltimore Community Foundation was working to build race equity into its selection process for investment managers when a question was raised. “We asked, ‘Why are we not considering local impact investing that could specifically address race equity and lack of access to capital for communities that have been shut out of wealth […]

ImpactUS shut down

Impact Investing Marketplace ImpactUs Shuts Down

Locavesting Staff | January 16, 2018

ImpactUs launched last spring with a splash. Hatched out of the CDFI world and funded by heavyweights including the Ford and MacArthur foundations, the impact investment marketplace promised to bring new ease to connecting investors with vetted funds as well as direct investments in social enterprises. Its goal: $1 billion in transactions over five years. […]

SVX Canada

In Toronto, a Long-Awaited ‘Social Stock Market’

Anne Field | December 11, 2017

Social impact investment platforms are cropping up to help connect investors with investment opportunities. The latest, a platform for accredited and unaccredited investors called Social Venture Connection (SVX), recently launched in Toronto. An earlier version of SVX,  introduced four years ago, served accredited investors only. “We really see this as a game changer for impact investing […]

Morgan Simon of Transform Finance

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 […]

Meet Impact America: A ‘Best for the World’ Fund

Kesha Cash | October 23, 2017

Every year, B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps, celebrates “Best for the World” companies—those that score in the top 10% of B Lab’s Impact Assessment. They also analyze investment funds. This year, 28 funds representing $1.3 billion in assets under management made the list of “Best for the World” funds; eight of them […]

Change Finance

New Products Bring Impact Investing to the Masses

Locavesting Staff | October 16, 2017

Many individuals would like to know that their investments are doing some good in the world. One recent survey found that 75% of investors were interested in impact investing. But the $114 billion impact investment market has traditionally been the domain of foundations, institutions and wealthy  individuals. That’s changing. “We are at a tipping point,” […]

raise capital and stay independent

Can You Raise Capital and Stay Independent? Ask This Company.

B the Change | July 27, 2017

What do you do if you’re a mission-driven company that would like to raise outside capital, but have no intention of selling the company?  That’s the dilemma faced by a growing number of indie-minded entrepreneurs that want to grow their companies while staying true to their values. Traditional Medicinals, a pioneering maker of organic herbal […]