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The Reinvestment Fund tests the public bond market’s appetite for social impact

For decades, Don Hinkle-Brown has fantasized about having access to the public markets to raise capital for childcare centers and charter schools, grocery stores and health clinics, energy efficiency upgrades and small businesses in low-income communities. Now, he does, in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Hinkle-Brown is CEO of The Reinvestment Fund, based

Christian Super charts a course for institutional impact investing

Christian Super is not stopping with its 10% allocation to impact investments, which is already impressive for an institutional investor. To the more than AU$100 million out of its $1.3 billion portfolio, the Australian pension fund has committed another $50 million. The kicker: the impact portfolio has exceeded performance benchmarks at a lower risk than other

And the GSG Honors go to… A year of growth in impact investing

Winners draw our attention, which is why awards and contests and prizes have proliferated madly in our attention-challenged world. And so, this week’s awards at the “GSG Impact Summit” in Chicago will draw attention to winners of the first GSG Honors among the growing number of players in the emerging industry of impact investing. But

Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals. Supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) can be an important part of this agenda, contributing to advances in

mDoc: Prescribing a Tech Solution for Village Doctors in Rural Bangladesh

People around the world risk their lives by trusting health care workers who sometimes are doing nothing more than shooting in the dark. Bangladesh faces a critical shortage of doctors, with a doctor to patient ratio of 1:2500. More than 70 percent of the population resides in areas without access to hospitals, absent expensive trips to

Tonlé: This Company is Like a River, Changing the Course of a Toxic Industry

Rachel Faller, founder of tonlé, a Cambodian based fashion company, poses a simple question. How many of us can ensure our clothes were made without the use of slavery or significant and needless damage to the environment? And if we could, in the wake we would find exploitation, which many of us are well aware of

Reap Benefit: How This Gamified App Turns Big Problems in India Into Child’s Play

After graduation, Kuldeep Dantewadia began collecting trash. For one year, he made the rounds to over 150 households. It wasn’t exactly the job his parents had in mind for their son. But he was sick of seeing trash in his community. Once called the Garden City, it’s now called the Garbage City. He picked one