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Deutsche Bank Raises $50 Million in “Essential Capital”

Deutsche Bank has closed a five-year, $50 million social enterprise debt fund intended to help close the gap in early-stage financing for social enterprise startups. The Essential Capital Consortium Fund (ECC) has already made three loans including one to Arvand, a Tajikistan-based microfinance institution that makes “green loans” to consumers to purchase solar panels, clean

Beyond Aid: Brazil’s Biggest Impact Fund Targets Emerging Middle Class

It’s an emerging market within an emerging market. Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil’s 112 million lower- and middle-class consumers. Those entrepreneurs can tap a new source of capital as well: impact investors who are insisting the companies in their portfolios focus

Stasch at MacArthur: Watch This Space for Impact

There were some tantalizing nuggets in the press release from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Julia M. Stasch as its new president. Stasch, long-time practitioner and champion of the use of innovative financial tools for economic inclusion, effectively pre-announced “a soon-to-be-launched innovative effort to deliver useful capital for the social sector

Etsy: Will ‘B-Corp’ Status Survive the IPO?

The planned initial public offering of shares in Etsy, the online handicrafts marketplace, will set up an intriguing test of mainstream investor appetite for companies that voluntarily submit their social and environment performance to scrutiny in order to become certified “B-Corps.” It will also shine a light on new state legal structures intended to enshrine

Morgan Stanley: Women, Millennials Driving Sustainable Investing

Wake up, old men! It’s fast becoming conventional wisdom in the investment industry that female and younger investors are leading their older male counterparts in valuing social and environmental impact. New research (and a cool infographic) from Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing suggests 40 percent of female investors consider the impact of their investment,

Foundations Slow to Deploy Program-Related Investments

Philanthropic foundations have an under-utilized source of capital to make loans, loan guarantees and equity investments in social ventures. Since 1969, foundations have had the ability to use “program-related investments,” or PRIs, to invest in organizations that advance their “charitable purpose,” while earning a real financial return. The investments even count toward foundations’ legal requirement

After Building SunEdison, Jigar Shah Eyes $1 Trillion Opportunities

A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real solutions to climate change. “Impact to me means $1 trillion,” says Jigar Shah, president and co-founder of Generate Capital, a new specialty finance company that works with project developers and technology manufacturers to finance what he calls “the resource revolution.” Shah knows