Category Archives: Impact Investing

Nonprofit Raises $7.6 Million in Venture Capital

The for-profit GOOD buying the nonprofit Jumo has gotten a lot of press, including the New York Times. While the unusual (but perfectly legal) transaction has stirred up some debate about what it all means, I think the far more unusual and interesting story is the deal to transform the nonprofit CouchSurfing into a for-profit […]

Jed Emerson on Impact Investing

This is a guest post by Jed Emerson, an executive at ImpactAssets, Senior Advisor with the Sterling Group (Hong Kong) and a senior fellow with the Center for Social Investing at Heidelberg University. His book, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, was co-authored with Antony Bugg-Levine of the Rockefeller Foundation […]

Pay For Success

President Obama’s 2012 budget includes an innovative proposal called Pay For Success that has the potential to revolutionize the way the government provides funding for social services. The program creates a framework for government payments to be contingent on positive program results rather than paying for program delivery. Pay For Success is a nonpartisan program […]

How Philanthropists Can Jump Start The Impact Investing Industry

This is a guest post from Colby Dailey. Colby manages the affordable homeownership initiative Cornerstone Partnership for NCB Capital Impact. She has been working in and alongside the philanthropy sector as a grantmaker and practitioner for over ten years. By Colby Dailey I believe that philanthropists’ willingness to pay for social returns positions them to […]

Clara Miller to lead F.B. Heron Foundation

Clara Miller is the founder and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. She has written extensively on how and why the nonprofit sector is undercapitalized. Clara is one of the most articulate advocates for philanthropy to provide growth capital to nonprofits. It was while he was at Clara’s Nonprofit Finance Fund that George Overholser published […]

The Lessons of Behavioral Finance: Understanding & Overcoming Barriers to Impact Investing

This is part two of a six part series exploring the sessions in the Tactical Philanthropy track at the Social Capital Markets conference. Session Description: The Lessons of Behavioral Finance: Understanding & Overcoming Barriers to Impact Investing Impact Investing challenges the conventional separation of asset growth from charitable distribution and raises interesting questions about strategic […]

Money For Good: $120 Billion Impact Investing Market Opportunity

This is a guest post from Hope Neighbor, founder of Hope Consulting which recently released the report Money For Good. Read Part I. Read Part II. By Hope Neighbor On Friday, I talked about principles to guide efforts to improve the quality of charitable giving. Today, I’ll talk about another opportunity to achieve social impact […]