“We find there are situations where funds are being launched by those with a lot of program experience in impact-related initiatives but perhaps but not as much capital markets experience,” says Lynch. “You need to find management teams that have a blend of both …. some capital markets experience … as well as program-related experience … that they know how to deploy and execute a program once they raise the capital.” The walls between impact investing and philanthropy are also breaking down, says Finkelman. “Making grants is one way you can address certain issues. If you’re doing it with impact investing you’re taking another angle at the same issue
Cohen told the crowd that impact investing represented a revolution, disrupting business, philanthropy, government and civil society as we know it. In the future, financial markets will consider impact, alongside risk and return.
In the next decade, it won’t be enough for a company to merely be profitable — customers, employees and investors will all demand that a company produce positive impact, as well. Like many such shifts, this one is being fueled by the young.
According to serial entrepreneur and investor, Morgan Simon, impact investment is the hottest national trend in social change that the average citizen has never heard of. Impact investment, the support of social and environmental projects with a financial return, is on the brink of surpassing traditional aid by ten times over the next decade, with over 1 trillion USD dedicated to the practice around the world.
Grantcoin is an alternative cryptocurrency in which money is distributed into circulation as grants for social good by a transparent and democratically controlled non-profit organization. Money should work in a way that is sustainable and encourages social and economic justice — lifting people and nations out of poverty, incentivizing environmental protection, and promoting equality of opportunity in the global economy
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250 MILLION ADOLESCENT GIRLS LIVE IN POVERTY
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Thanks to a devastating housing crisis hitting just as the first Baby Boomers reached retirement, nearly half of the country’s homeless are now over the age of 50. And the number will only rise as the generation continues to age. According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of homeless seniors will double between 2010 and 2050 — leaving an estimated 95,000 elderly citizens without shelter.
Resonance and St Mungo’s have used this model with the Real Lettings Property Fund in London, which raised investment of £57m. The RLPF will soon complete the acquisition of a portfolio of over 300 properties in London, helping around 1,000 people who faced homelessness.
There is no right or wrong impact class—what matters is identifying preferences:
Place: Investments in companies or projects that are located in a particular place (or benefit a particular group of people).
Process: Investments that pay careful attention to business practices, such as “fair trade” coffee, equitable labor practices in a supply chain,etc.
Planet: Investments that have a clear and measurable environmental benefit, either through the preservation and restoration of critical natural habitat, or the measurable reduction of carbon dioxide through new energy efficient products.
Product: Investments in products or services that have positive social benefits.
Paradigms: Investments that attempt to change an entire system for the better.