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Building Venture Capital from Within (SSIR)

Over the last year the Knight Enterprise Fund, a $10M fund that is part of the Knight Foundation, has invested in more than a dozen early-stage, for-profit companies. They include crowd-sourced news networks such as PolicyMic, revenue tools for existing publishers such as OwnLocal andUmbel, and open government services such as PublicStuff and Captricity. Collectively, these companies help hundreds of cities, thousands of publishers, and millions of people to create, share, and consume information.

The Enterprise Fund is separate from Knight Foundation’s grantmaking budget. It is carved out from Knight Foundation’s $2.2 billion endowment, a venture fund that seeks to directly drive social impact while generating a financial return. Though it is too soon to tell whether the fund will succeed in both goals, we’d like to share some lessons that highlight what we’ve learned to date, at a time when the field of impact investing is generally struggling with a dearth of early-stage funding.

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ING Commits €100 Million To Sustainable Investments

ING Commits €100 Million To Sustainable Investments | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Dutch banking giant ING has announced this week that it intends to commit €100 million to sustainable investments, specifically seeking to support sustainable 'scale-ups' which can boast a proven concept and positive environmental impact. 
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CEO | Impact Investing | Lombard Odier

CEO | Impact Investing | Lombard Odier | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

In terms of capital, millennials are coming of age, and with them comes different attitudes, philosophies and priorities. How can the investment universe adapt to their needs, and what kind of opportunities will millennials themselves offer? With the financially-burdened millennial being a ubiquitous stereotype, it would be easy to neglect millennial wealth management priorities in favour of more traditional investment strategies. And yet, millennials, who by 2025 will account for nearly three quarters of all income1, represent a growing portion of the wealth market. And of course, given enough time, wealthy individuals born after 1980 will comprise 100% of that market.

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Why investors must take a chance in the world's most fragile countries

Why investors must take a chance in the world's most fragile countries | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In poor and conflict-affected areas, private investment can revolutionize lives – and provide healthy returns. If we want to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, we need to act.
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Jeff Ubben's ValueAct launching fund with social goals, following similar moves by Jana, BlackRock

Jeff Ubben's ValueAct launching fund with social goals, following similar moves by Jana, BlackRock | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
ValueAct Capital is launching a fund focused on promoting environmental and social goals, according to a letter obtained by CNBC.
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Investors can help save the planet. Here’s how – World Economic Forum –

Climate change is something that is already tangible today as we see more extreme weather events across the world. The four warmest years on record globally have occurred in the past four years and…
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BlackRock makes impact a necessity for companies, India’s fintech rush, China pushes toward…

Larry Fink flips social impact from a luxury to a necessity for every company. The chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with $6 trillion under management, served notice on…
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Paying for social outcomes: A review of the global impact bond market in 2017

Paying for social outcomes: A review of the global impact bond market in 2017 | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
2017 was an exciting year for social and development impact bonds around the globe, with 32 new contracts signed. This brings the total up to 108 contracted impact bonds globally, along with many m…
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CalPERS examines adopting SDGs

CalPERS examines adopting SDGs | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The $357 billion pension plan will examine aligning its portfolio with the UN's SDGs, which would give the fund's ESG engagement a more keen focus on social
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Digital Currencies and Blockchain in the Social Sector (SSIR)

Digital Currencies and Blockchain in the Social Sector (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
How decentralized technologies are transforming philanthropy and NGO work.
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Why an Activist Hedge Fund Cares Whether Apple’s Devices Are Bad for Kids

Why an Activist Hedge Fund Cares Whether Apple’s Devices Are Bad for Kids | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Sustainability is the next frontier of activist investing.
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Doing well by doing good 2018: Bigger strides for sustainable investing

Doing well by doing  good 2018: Bigger strides for sustainable investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
This year saw more governments and businesses put the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of their development plans.
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Aavishkaar-Intellecap's Vineet Rai: The forester who turned financier

Aavishkaar-Intellecap's Vineet Rai: The forester who turned financier | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Vineet Rai went from chasing elephants in the jungles of Odisha to setting up impact investment firm Aavishkaar-Intellecap that today has ₹3,800 crore in assets under management
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Impact Investing Takes Hold on Business School Campuses

Impact Investing Takes Hold on Business School Campuses | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The likes of Harvard and Wharton have launched courses and programs that focus on investing for both financial and social returns.
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Climate bonds surpass expectations, but where are U.S. corporations?

Climate bonds surpass expectations, but where are U.S. corporations? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Experts warn that the market needs to keep accelerating.
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The new loophole in the U.S. tax bill that could draw private capital to distressed communities

The intention to generate social or environmental benefit is key to impact investing. But a tax break can be an additional incentive. Among the many provisions of the Republican tax bill signed by…
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BlackRock's $6 Trillion And The Social Purpose Of Corporations

BlackRock's $6 Trillion And The Social Purpose Of Corporations | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The institutionalization of the individual investor’s savings has opened up a whole new battleground for the long term interests of society as a whole over simply short term performance.
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How Blended Finance Can Help Global Fisheries Recover

How Blended Finance Can Help Global Fisheries Recover | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Most of the world’s wild fisheries are under-performing biologically and economically. But unlike other difficult conservation challenges, we already have most of the tools at our disposal to solve these problems. What we are often lacking is money, technical expertise, and political will.
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Global goals, country plans: How Achim Steiner is making SDGs investable (video)

ESG and Impact Investing News by Robert Rubinstein
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Rediscovering Social Innovation (SSIR)

Rediscovering Social Innovation (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise have become popular rallying points for those trying to improve the world. These two notions are positive ones, but neither is adequate when it comes to understanding and creating social change in all of its manifestations. The authors make the case that social innovation is a better vehicle for doing this. They also explain why most of today's innovative social solutions cut across the traditional boundaries separating nonprofits, government, and for-profit businesses.
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A New Impact Investing Model for Education (SSIR)

A New Impact Investing Model for Education (SSIR) | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
School entrepreneurs in India have a new option, with loans that encourage better test scores.
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Trending: Blackrock, Citi Respond to Turning Tide by Embracing Social Responsibility

Trending: Blackrock, Citi Respond to Turning Tide by Embracing Social Responsibility | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Environmental and social issues are increasingly being used to shape business practice as companies recognize the link between strong ESG performance and profit. But for those that continue to put up resistance, investors and financial institutions are playing an important role in driving change. Case in point: BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has sent a letter to CEOs of the world’s largest companies to start accounting for the societal impact of their companies — or else, while Citi has committed to closing the gender and ethnicity wage gap in response to shareholder concerns.
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Social impact bond initiative launches to reduce number of children in care

Social impact bond initiative launches to reduce number of children in care | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Read Social impact bond initiative launches to reduce number of children in care and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
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Blockchain and Impact Investing – learNerd –

I am excited to see it’s implementation in the development or social sector, the first company (still one of the most interesting ones in impact investing space) that I came across was Impak Finance, their business goal is to bridge the gap in between impact companies, investors, and citizens, by reinventing how his/her daily spending can be a catalyst for change. When I read their whitepaper, I was pretty sure this sector will see the various implementation of the blockchain.

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The time is right- step up and make a positive impact to reap a financial return.

Since the socially aware era of the 1960s the concept of impact investing has been steadily gaining momentum. Now, a growing body of evidence indicates impact investing has moved well beyond casual…
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