Private capital falls short in ‘blended finance’

  • 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.

Ceniarth’s Diane Isenberg: ‘I am a gender-lens investor’

  • 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.

Boston Ujima Project is rebalancing risk, returns and power in local impact investing

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,

Opportunity Zone investors want impact. Let’s help them get it.

  • "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.

These investors are fixing finance to better serve Black entrepreneurs

  • Finance organizations around the country are doing away with incumbent investment practices that have excluded people of color. New investment models are democratizing decision-making, rethinking credit underwriting and directing capital to fill long-standing gaps.