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?, 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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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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U.S. food giants, investors say palm oil standards are too weak

E&E, June 2, 2015

An international group of more than 110 investors managing more than $5 trillion in assets is concerned about a small substance found in many household goods: palm oil.

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Impact Investing and a 200 Year Old Debate

SSIR, May 29, 2015

If you took a college Ethics course, you may remember the famous debate between philosophers Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill. To simplify, Kant proposed that intentions determine whether an action is right or wrong. Mill, generations later, claimed that outcomes, such as how many lives an action saves, determine morality regardless of motives.

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The 100% Club

Private Wealth Magazine, March 10, 2015

When it comes to managing money, the rich are increasingly pursuing more than just financial rewards and going full tilt on the idea of using investments as a tool for social and environmental change.

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Record Green Bond Issuance Bolsters Chicago Sewers: Muni Credit

Bloomberg, January 25, 2015

Raul Pomares, founder of San-Francisco-based Sonen Capital, said he advises clients, including tax-exempt foundations that typically don’t buy munis, that this segment of local-government debt has a role to play.

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