Topics Under Tag: "impact investing"

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]