The Brief’s Big Ten: Women rising higher, brain gain in Latin America, upping the philanthropic…

Good Friday evening, ImpactAlpha readers! What is it about women and impact investing? I’m just back from the annual High Water Women conference in New York, which made even more clear the leadership role women are playing in transforming finance. The point was made most bluntly in the afternoon talk by Sara Brand of True

Comparing online impact advisors, maternal health impact bond, West Africa’s startup landscape…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Eleven online platforms that let you — yes, you — make socially responsible investments right now. ImpactAlpha spills a lot of digital ink on private-market impact investing. Most of that is inaccessible to “unaccredited” investors who don’t already have considerable assets. Now, a growing number of public-market offerings are allowing smaller, retail investors to

Philanthropy’s saving graces, Nobel sustainability fund, talent-tech merger, day two at GES, future…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Three saving graces that can help foundations dodge three deadly perils. Clara Miller, the outgoing president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, lobbed a challenge at her foundation peers from the stage at last month’s SOCAP conference in San Francisco. “We can be comfortable but increasingly irrelevant,” Miller said. “Or we

Follow the (female) talent in India, $100M fund for women founders of color, notes from the global…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Feature: ImpactAlpha Original Meet one of the first women factory managers in India’s premier tea region. At Jungpana, a remote tea estate in Darjeeling, India’s famous tea growing region, two dozen women gingerly move through the fields and quickly pluck the “two leaves and a bud” that make up the harvested tea

Brain gain in Latin America + LatAm’s women VCs, Zurich boosts climate-investment pledge, Bamboo…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Brain Gain: Impact investing in Latin America’s new wave of startups. Here’s a provocative impact thesis: Supporting almost any forward-thinking, technology-based venture in Latin America is a form of impact investing. “Investing in companies that are using technology to close the region’s inequality gaps or to simply stop the brain-drain

Art for change in India, trillion-dollar question (podcast), microlending for minority…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! We’re taking a “Brief” break for the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., so we’re giving you a double-helping of impact today. We’re grateful to you all. See you back here on Monday. #DoubleFeature: Two ImpactAlpha Originals How one graphic artist is changing India’s male-dominated culture, one cartoon at a time. Even in Mumbai,

China’s climate leadership, $50M sustainable land fund, impact due diligence, waste-to-profits

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original China has so far exceeded (low) expectations for cutting emissions — but can it save the planet? China left the global climate talks in Bonn as the new “indispensable nation.” The world’s biggest polluter is also the world’s biggest driver of cheap, clean energy, making China the country that can make