According to a study by U.S. Trust, 86 percent of high net-worth Americans said giving back to society is an important part of their lives. More than half deemed giving back an “essential” component to a life well lived.
“I want to get a ten-bagger,” says Sunderland,who oversees such investments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, referring to a highly sought 10x venture capital return, “but I want that to be impactful.”
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She had the idea to build an eBay-style auction platform that would directly connect borrowers and lenders. Traditional microloan organizations often have to charge very high interest rates (sometimes up to 80%) to keep up with overhead. By eliminating the intermediary, Zidisha could offer them at a much lower rate.
There are 400 million people in India who do not have access to electricity. Many of them live in the thousands of slums found in the country’s cities. Pollinate Energy employs locals to go tent to tent to sell the solar lights. The lights are popular — the company has sold more than 7,000, and is expanding to two more Indian cities. And that is partly because they double as a phone charger.
Syndicates cause a shift from crowdfunding startups to crowdfunding lead investors. We report evidence that foreshadows a meaningful role for syndicates as a channel for allocating capital to early-stage ventures.
Over the last decade there has been rapid development in social investment across the world. The term social investment, also referred to as impact investing, can be defined as financial
investment that generates social, or social as well as economic, returns. Social investment also has the power to create a fundamental culture shift towards more socially responsible financial investment and business practice.
The fundamental idea behind the impact genome is that we can fully express the set of characteristics that describe any given social impact program. The systematic process we undertake to evaluate a program against the impact genome considers information based on a program’s operation, its theory of change, its outcome potential, and other metrics and indicators. By mapping all of these factors and comparing success across programs, we can leverage predictive analytics to forecast a program’s efficacy in producing a desired outcome.
While measuring impact could be a purpose of evaluation, it is by no means the only one. Evaluation also helps uncover insights related to context, implementation, strategy, and organizational and system capabilities.