Foundations and college and non-profit endowments are under increasing pressure to invest their core funds in line with their mission or – at the very least – socially responsibly and sustainably. A number of fund managers have recognized this and are offering funds that are in line with so called Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). We may be able to continue to use sustainable funds – particularly exchange traded funds – while improving their return profile.
The collective gasp we utter at the thought of anyone getting wealthy helping those who suffer is the axiomatic conclusion of our Puritan ethos about mixing money and meaning. That ethos is a cancer on our capacity to change the world. Who would begrudge hundreds of millions of malnourished people the end of their suffering because of a disdain for the idea of one person becoming wealthy? That people should not get rich in charity is a kind of 11th Commandment. But it conflicts with the Golden Rule. Until we are ready to deny the rest of the economic world the fullness of their economic dreams, we must stop denying them to those whose dreams are of a better world.
ImpactUs connects investors with purpose, helping solve some of the most difficult challenges facing the impact investing community.
Despite their potential, SIBs have failed to gain meaningful traction. In the United States, for example, approximately 12 SIB deals have been launched since 2012, raising only about $140 million in initial private investment
This paper explores common social business models used in the employment sector, and the associated risks and opportunities. Through this we start to create a common language so that social entrepreneurs are better able to develop business models that can both generate income and deliver sustainable social impact.
Entrepreneurs find it difficult to connect with investors who would be interested in their work, and present themselves in a compelling way. At the same time. Investors struggle to find high-quality ventures with attractive returns, impact, and data that they can compare. The Ground_Up Project platform brings the information and the people together with powerful analytical tools to make discovery easy and power impact.
It’s investors using their network to reach like-minded investors who not only have the same taste in startups, but also enough trust to know that the deal has been well screened, and the deal terms reasonable.
The findings are fascinating and include information about the number and growth of social enterprises as well as their operations and turnover. The survey includes data about the impact they deliver, the beneficiaries they serve, and the challenges they face.
Fifty Years will invest at the seed stage, based on a built product, and ideally some market validation. Right now, Fifty Years is into synthetic biology and food tech, but it doesn’t limit its investments to any specific verticals. It just needs to be presented with big business potentials and the opportunity to solve a big problem in the world.
My Twitter feed is clogged these days with commentary celebrating the growing clout and maturity of the impact investing industry. It’s got tremendous momentum! It’s gotten past pesky arguments about impact versus return! It’s gone from aspiration to a thing! I work with those who are seeking the money, mostly for early-stage ventures focused on poor people in poor countries. Many entrepreneurs have launched for-profit ventures in good faith, impelled by a relatively few—but brave—seed investors, only to find that, no, there isn’t much money out there for them.