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Convincing Foundations to Take the Impact Investing Plunge

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Impact investing was invented with foundations in mind. But, while governments and mainstream investors are actively getting involved impact, foundations have been slower to wade in, constrained by risk aversion and, in some cases, a misunderstanding of fiduciary responsibilities.. What will it take to encourage these traditionally conservative investors to take the plunge and unleash a wave of capital for social and environmental good?

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Why the Education Sector Urgently Needs Impact Capital

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The world is crying out for a good education. It was the number one choice of respondants to the My World digital survey for the change that would make the most difference to their lives. And yet, despite global pledges to improve education access and affordablity, millions are stil denied the education that could transform their lives and their communities. What can the impact community do to redress the balance — and why aren’t they doing it now?

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What’s Keeping Impact Investors Away from Education?

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There’s a growing global demand for education and a huge potential market that could be catalyzed by an influx of impact capital. Yet impact investors have hardly entered the education arena. Why is this? And what can be done to improve impact’s performance in delivering urgently needed education to an eager world?

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Impact Investing in the Justice Entrepreneurs

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Once the only way for impact investors to support justice was indirectly, through careful ESG investment screening coupled with impact metrics to assess outcomes. Now thanks to the emergence of bold new approaches to delivering justice, impact investors have the opportunity to put capital behind businesses bringing cost-effective justice solutions to citizens and governments alike.

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The Top Three NON-Financial Reasons Why Investors Say No to Deals

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ESG performance is becoming more important to all kinds of investors, not just those in the impact sector. Where once finanical performance was everything, investors are increasingly turning to non-financial performance information–including governance, evironmental protection and value creation–to inform their decisions. This blog looks at the top investor-repelling non-financials and shows how choosing the right reporting approach can increase the appeal of social businesses across the board.

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Impact Investing in Education infographic

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Education infographic: Impact investors are in prime position to put capital behind solutions to the global education crisis. There is also enormous potential for innovation, both in terms of finance models and in terms of education delivery methods.

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Best Twitter Hashtags for Following Trends in Impact Investing

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Using #hashtags (the metatags that categorize tweets) is a great way to tune into conversations in the impact investing sector. Here at Maximpact, we try to keep up with the evolution of impact in its broadest sense, so we use many different Twitter hashtags in our social media. Here are some favorites we find ourselves using on a daily basis.

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The Future of Investable Social Finance

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With the beginnings of a track record to back up its claims, finance remains a solid bet for impact investors. The future looks positive as a new generation of impact-backed financial service providers hone their skills, diversify their products and discover untapped markets of underserved clients in different parts of the globe. In this blog, part three of a three-part series on impact investing in finance, we chart the future of investing in social finance.

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A Guide to the Different Forms of Impact-backed Finance

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Recent years have seen a burst of innovation in the social finance sector with impact investors putting capital behind many of the most exciting and effective new approaches. In this blog, part two of a three part series on impact investing in finance, we look at the different kinds of finance and chart the growth of a sector on fire.

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Investing With a Purpose: A detailed look at the San Francisco Bay Area Impact Investing Landscape

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While a large part of the San Francisco Bay Area is busy discussing the latest definition of “hipster” and inflated tech valuations, there is another trend currently creating a lot of buzz. This one is related to the notion of “doing well, while doing good” by addressing social and environmental challenges through the deployment of capital. In this post, we take a detailed look at the San Francisco Bay Area Impact Investing Landscape.

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Why Finance is (and Always Has Been) an Important Sector for Impact Investors

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If you were asked to guess which sector attracted the biggest proportion of impact investment, which would you say it was? If you chose anything other than financial services, you guessed wrong. Impact investors have been enthusiastic backers of financial service businesses since the early days of social investing. In this blog, the first of a three-part series on impact investing in financial services, we explore the reasons why finance remains such an important sector for impact investors—and what their relationship means for the social investing sector today.

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Social Investing Infographic

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Investing Infographic: Terms like “socially responsible”, “ethical”, “green” and “sustainable” investing are everywhere—but what do they really mean? To help clear up the fog around social investing terminology, the Maximpact team has created a handy visual guide.

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