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Positive Impact Finance Stands on Principles

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Nineteen global banks and investors, worth a total of US$6.6 trillion in assets, have agreed on a set of standards for financing sustainable development framed as the first-ever Principles for Positive Impact Finance.

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2016 Net Impact Conference

We’re excited to share that the 23rd Net Impact Conference this November 5-7 in Seattle, Washington was a success! Nearly 2400 student and professional leaders came together under one roof to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. Together we suited up, pushed our limits, and left it all on the field. Game on!

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Investing in Water for Life

Investing in Water for Life

Water scarcity is a top risk to global prosperity and ecological integrity. But creative impact investment solutions, such as Water Sharing Investment Partnerships, can shift water back to the environment, while supporting irrigated agriculture and meeting urban needs, finds new research presented during World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Making Deals in Impact Investing

Making Deals in Impact Investing

While both investors and entrepreneurs are embracing impact investing, they are having a hard time connecting. Why? It seems, it is a limited understanding by both parties on the opportunities of impact investing, the risks, and the realities and nuances of each other’s worlds.

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2016 National Conference: Seizing the Momentum

      Register today for the preeminent impact investing conference of the year. Seizing the Momentum is a call to action for the impact investing community to take advantage of the latest investment opportunities and innovations that can help tackle society’s most intractable problems. The conference will be headlined by leading foundation presidents and CEOs, including Patrick McCarthy of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, […]

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Top Trends for Grantmakers for 2016

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From billionaire tech tycoon philanthropy to the smallest crowdfunded community initiative, the year in philanthropy promises to test big ideas and, as always, refine the everyday hard work of grantmaking.

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Why Social Investors Must Get Behind the Circular Economy

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The circular economy movement is gaining momentum fast. Yet businesses who want to transition to a circular model still find it difficult to secure finance. Social investors should get behind them and lend support to what will an important step toward a sustainable future for all.

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Taking an Integrative Approach to Impact Investment

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The G8 Working Group report Allocating for Impact has given our sector the tools to expand into the mainstream, argues Harald Walkate, Head of Responsible Investing for Aegon Asset Management. But it will take active outreach to the individual decision-makers within pension funds, insurance companies, asset management firms and sovereign wealth funds to bring the changes needed for impact to reach its full potential.

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Why corruption is a problem for impact investors—and what we can do about it

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Corruption is a problem for global business—and it’s twice the problem for impact investing because it strikes simultaneously at both of impact’s stated aims: profit and benefit. In this article we look at how corruption hurts the development of new kinds of social investing and show how the impact community can help fight the tide of dirty money and illegal dealing that’s slowing down our progress.

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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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