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Good & Green

Private Wealth Magazine, September 9, 2015

In 2009, OpenPath Investments launched a pilot program aimed at strengthening the social safety net for the low- and middle-income residents while incorporating sustainable practices into their lives. The “UrbanVillage” program, as it is now known, encourages residents to network and take an active role in their communities.

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Impact Investing: Doing Well by Doing Good

SC Studio, August 2015

When Peace Corps volunteer Sam Goldman witnessed a child being badly burned by an overturned kerosene lamp in Benin, Africa, he knew something had to be done to prevent such a frequent tragedy in impoverished parts of the world. The answer was d.light, a San Francisco, CA-based startup that provides a safe, low cost, and ecologically friendly solar lighting alternative to poor households in emerging economies.

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It May be Best to Avoid a Sustainable Finance MBA, for Now

OneWire, August 24, 2015

A recent Bloomberg report indicates that companies looking to hire people with a niche-focused advanced degree, such as an MBA in Sustainable Finance, are few and far between. Even investment firms with a focus in the sustainable industry sector are pursuing those with a more general degree from graduate school. Though the idea of sustainable operations is trending in many industries right now, studying it specifically may not be the best idea in today’s job market.

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12 Things You Need To Know About Fundraising For Your Social Enterprise

+Acumen, August 24, 2015

Last month Acumen joined forces with global business software leader SAP to offer a two-week leadership development program in Silicon Valley for CEOs from nine Acumen-backed companies. This fellowship included a closed-door session hosted at First Round Capital, a seed-stage venture firm that is a giant in Silicon Valley, having been among the first to invest in the likes of Uber, Taskrabbit and Blue Apron.

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Local Investing is Impact Investing

Hatch Innovation Lab, August 18, 2015

Every October, Amy made the trek to San Francisco for SoCap, an international conference on impact investing. The topics were, will this work? Is it possible? What will happen if we do this? We had no track record, yet many committed time and money to test the ideas, and, as always, time did tell. A compelling report from 2013 reveals what we all felt would be true – investing with your mind and heart would yield better returns.

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Who’s the Next Impact Target After Goldman Sachs Snaps Up Imprint Capital?

ImpactAlpha.com, July 22, 2015

Goldman’s decision to buy, rather than build, its impact investing capacity for high-net-worth and institutional clients may prod other wealth-management giants to accelerate their own impact efforts through acquisitions. Some kind of impact investment proposition has become de rigueur for big banks and financial services providers, but a gap has remained between talk and action.

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Do Impact Investors Have to Sacrifice Financial Returns for Social Impact?

The Impact Engine, July 14, 2015

One of the questions we are often asked is whether investors need to sacrifice returns for impact. Even more often, we observe that investors implicitly assume that a trade-off between impact and financial return is required without engaging in the conversation.

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Meredith Benton Joins Sonen Capital as Director, Head of Client Relations

July 1, 2015

As Head of Client Relations with Sonen, Meredith brings over 10 years of integrating sustainability priorities into investor portfolios, as well as a track record in catalyzing changes in corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies.

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The Next Generation of Investors Seeks Purpose Alongside Profit

GreatFinance, June 30, 2015

Major trends are changing finance as we know it. The world is undergoing structural shifts of money, with the World Economic Forum predicting a $41tn wealth transfer (PDF) from baby boomers to millennials over the next 40 years. It is also trying to adapt to a changing financial market structure.

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Beyond the Big Players

The Miller Center, June 12, 2015

On Jun 1-3, 2015, the Impact Capital team of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship delivered a pilot course, The Essential Impact Investor Practicum, in cooperation with the KL Felicitas Foundation and Planet Ventures. The course was eagerly and diversely attended, with participants including private equity impact investors, high net worth individuals, foundation directors, and mentors of the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), all looking to learn more about impact investing and its ecosystem.

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