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Agent of Impact: Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Corp.

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 14 – It’s been a busy summer for Maurice Jones. If community development financial institutions are an overnight sensation decades in the making, Jones and his Local Initiatives Support Corp., or LISC, are the belle of the ball. In June and July alone, LISC landed a $60 million inclusive economic development partnership with

The Call No. 21: Impact investors confront the impact of the November election (audio)

It’s long past time to get political. Impact investing, with appeal on both the left and the right, has generally steered clear of partisanship and elections. But the impact of the approaching U.S. election arguably dwarfs the impact of all impact investments.The consensus on ImpactAlpha’s most recent Agents of Impact Call: Political disengagement is a luxury impact investors can no longer afford. 

Agent of Impact: MacKenzie Scott, author and philanthropist

ImpactAlpha, July 31 – Call it “best practices for billionaires.” As her ex-husband, Jeff Bezos, and three other tech billionaires prepared to face Congressional questioners, Scott detailed how she has started to give away her $36 billion fortune. Since signing the Giving Pledge a month after her divorce last year, Scott has given out $1.7 billion

Agent of Impact: Dawn Sherman, Native American Natural Foods

ImpactAlpha, July 24 – Dawn Sherman says the buffalo is the perfect metaphor for what it’s like to be at the helm of a Native enterprise. “Buffalo face the storm. During any kind of winter storm, they face it and they walk into the storm, because they know that eventually they will walk out.” This

Catalytic Capital: Diane Isenberg lays down a “1/10th Challenge” for wealthy families (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, July 16,2020 –– If you’re rich, and you get your capital back with perhaps a little extra for inflation and expenses, you’ll still be rich tomorrow. Ceniarth’s Diane Isenberg is the rare wealthy individual who is unafraid to call out other wealthy families, as well as some shibboleths of impact investing, including “market-rate returns”

Agents of Impact toppling systemic racism in finance

ImpactAlpha, July 10 – The movement for racial justice in the criminal justice system has cast a spotlight as well on systemic and anti-Black racism in finance. Long before the protests, ImpactAlpha has featured Agents of Impact and New Revivalists doing the work of changing assumptions, practices and power structures within finance and investing. They