Impact Investing

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds
with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside
a financial return.   Also see CDFIs and other Impact Lenders

https://www.missioninvestors.org/     Mission Investors Exchange.  This non-profit is the go-to place for foundations who are interested in mission investing, both program-related and mission-related investing.

http://www.impactassets.org    Impact Assets.  This is a non-profit company focuses on providing products and thought leadership that enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to make investments with positive social, environmental and financial returns.

http://impactassets.org/publications_insights/impact50    Their list of top 50 Impact Investment Fund Managers.

http://www.socialfinanceus.org/     Social Finance.  This non-profit is a resource for information on an important impact investing instrument – the Social Impact Bond…and they are not strictly fixed income.

http://www.freshsourcecapital.com/     Fresh Source Capital.  This fund pursues investments in private companies that are rebuilding regional, sustainable food systems

http://www.svx.ca/  Social Venture Exchange – An Ontario fund manager focused on impact investments

http://www.urbanlandc.org/     Urban Land Conservancy – ULC is a nonprofit real estate organization that invests in properties as a tool to benefit urban communities in the Denver region. ULC strategically preserves and develops real estate including nonprofit office space, community centers, schools and affordable housing.

 http://www.microcapital.org/     MicroCapital publishes information on microfinance, SME investing and other forms of impact investing monthly in the MicroCapital Monitor and daily on their site.

http://www.symbioticsgroup.com/     Symbiotics is an investment company specialized in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance which offers market research, investment advisory and asset management services.

 http://www.microfinancegateway.org/    The Microfinance Gateway is your global resource on financial inclusion.  Since 2000, CGAP’s Microfinance Gateway has been a valuable resource for individuals and organizations working to advance financial inclusion for the world’s poor. The Gateway welcomes more than 1 million annual visitors from over 200 countries, who recognize the Gateway as the web’s leading resource for knowledge and career development opportunities in microfinance and financial inclusion.

www.locavesting.com     Local Investing News, Education & Resources

https://www.vested.org/    Owned by the Calvert Foundation, Vested.org is the only online platform where you can invest in the causes and places that matter to you starting at $20.

Local Investing Resource Center  Their mission is to expand investment into local small businesses and nonprofits nationwide.  On this site, they provide educational resources for investors, businesses, and communities to create new investing opportunities right at home.

http://l2020.org/economic-localization/lion/       Local Investing Opportunities Network.  LION creates opportunities for local businesses, nonprofits, and citizens to network.  This organization is local to Washington State East Jefferrson County and shows what a small group of local minded people can do to improve their community.

http://investorscircle.net/     Investors’ Circle is the oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices, they have propelled $185 million plus $4 billion in follow on investment into more than 290 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community.   Non-profit.

http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/     For more than 30 years, Enterprise has introduced solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and other partners that share our vision that one day, every person will have an affordable home in a vibrant community, filled with promise and the opportunity for a good life.

A number of good papers on impact investing can be found here:

Impact Investing 2.0: The Way Forward

JP Morgan’s: “Impact Investing to grow to $400 billion to nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years”…

World Economic Forum: “Impact Investing moving from the Margins to the Mainstream”…

Sonen Report: “Impact outperforms, traditional asset allocation strategies”…

Generation Investment Management: “Sustainable companies outperformed a similar matched group of companies”…

PRI: “Pension Fund case studies demonstrate how Environmental & Social themed investing can form a valuable part of an institutional investors’ approach to responsible investment”…