What we can learn today from an early approach to improving social conditions through investment.
The Mission Possible series is a call to action for philanthropy to fully embrace impact investing as an essential tool to drive meaningful social and environmental change.
Recent headline-grabbing comments aside, the impact investing field needs integrated data on impact and financial returns if it is to scale with integrity.
Corporate profitability is too narrow a measure of a company’s financial impact.
Ford Foundation commits $1 billion to MRIs.
How gender lens investing can contribute to economic prosperity and equal rights.
Segmenting the field to better align expectations of risk, returns, and impact; increasing the rate of adoption with important stakeholders; and stepping up work in the United States—a look at Omidyar Network’s priorities in advancing the movement.
For impact investing to realize its true potential, we must change the mindset and narrative related to there being a “lack of pipeline” in underserved communities—rural and urban—to a perspective that people in communities create the environments in which outside investments can thrive.
In the coming years, the Heron Foundation will emphasize “connective investing” in US communities, providing financial and other forms of capital. It will continue to seek allies and build connections with those who have muscle and capital market reach.
Three trends that will drive scale and take impact investing to the next level.