- "Many Opportunity Zone investors may not be so responsive to their communities, and will instead seek to change the character of a neighborhood by building luxury apartments or destination retail," writes Turner Impact Capital's Bobby Turner. "Fulfilling the spirit of the Opportunity Zone ideal means pulling people up, not pushing people out.
- In theory, blended finance should leverage limited public financing to “crowd in” many times that amount in private capital. In practice, such leverage has been limited, according to a Dalberg review of 117 such blended financing deals. Overall, each dollar of public funding generated only about 79 cents of private investment.
- The $400 million family office deployed over $40 million last year in global funds and enterprises that, given the role of women in underserved rural communities, must attend to gender and power dynamics in underserved communities. “Yet, I still did not consider myself a gender-lens investor,” Isenberg writes in a guest post in ImpactAlpha. Now, she does.
- What changed? In short, Suzanne Biegel’s Gender-Smart Investing Summit in London last year.
- Venture capital doesn’t just have a gender-diversity problem. It has an experience problem.
ImpactAlpha, January 23 – A growing group of impact investors is distinguishing itself not simply by results of their investments, but how they are changing investing itself. The Boston Ujima Project, for example, allows community members to invest, prioritize the types of neighborhood businesses needed and vote on what gets funded. For the neighborhood investment collective,
- Ceniarth’s Greg Neichin recaps the family office’s commitments last year of $32 million to the capital-preservation strategy.
- "Regulations have not yet been finalized. Opportunity Funds are just beginning to close. But our early belief is that large, positive impact for people and attractive returns for investors are both possible – and critical to the success of the Opportunity Zone legislation," write Beeck Center's Lisa Green Hall and Jennifer Collins.