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June 14, 2024 | ImpactAlpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact! 🗣 The backlash this time. At 109 and 110 years old, respectively, Lessie Benningfield Randle and Viola Fletcher are

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The Week’s Podcast

🎧 This Week in Impact. Host Brian Walsh takes up ImpactAlpha’s top stories with editor David Bank. Up this week: the backlash to climate action, diversity and ESG continues at congressional antitrust hearings; legal challenges to race-based business grants; shareholder votes at Tesla; and women’s growing economic power in Latin America. Plus, how Ava Duvernay flipped Hollywood’s script on financing for social impact filmmaking.

The Week’s Deal Spotlight

How fund managers are rebooting outcomes-based finance. A lot has changed in the 14 years since the first pay-for-success social impact bond. Clunky, time-consuming deals that layer commercial, philanthropic and public capital to level up social impact projects are out. In are “outcomes-based” blended-finance funds that can efficiently usher capital to community-driven initiatives. ImpactAlpha has learned that Canada-based Raven Indigenous Capital Partners reached a $20.4 million first-close for its Indigenous Outcomes Fund. The fund partners with Indigenous communities in the US and Canada on climate and health-focused projects, like renewable energy access and diabetes care. New York-based Maycomb Capital is raising its second Community Outcomes Fund, with a target of $100 million, to provide working capital to organizations contracted by government agencies for early childhood development, workforce development and health equity interventions. Globally-focused funds include OutcomesX's "outcomes marketplace," Roots of Impact’s and iGravity’s Impact-Linked Finance Fund, and UBS Optimus Foundation’s and Bridges Outcomes Partnerships’ joint SDG Outcomes Fund.

The Week’s Talent and Jobs

💼 See and share more than a dozen new impact jobs posted this week on ImpactAlpha’s Career Hub and view hundreds of more jobs in impact investing and sustainable finance. Have a job listing to post? Submit it here.

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