Getting smart about subsidies to bridge the agricultural financing gap

  • In a guest post on ImpactAlpha, agriculture finance experts from ISF Advisors and the RAF Learning Lab discuss how to “get smart” about donor objectives, about impact returns and about blending capital.

Terra Silva has $90 million in ‘catalytic capital’ for carbon reduction in tropical forests

  • Packard Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation backed the fund with low-cost debt program-related investments, with a goal to “build a new asset class where none currently exists,” Packard’s Susan Phinney Silver told ImpactAlpha.

Rockefeller’s $60 million impact fund manager leverages ‘catalytic capital’ for scale 

  • In a half-dozen or more deals, Rockefeller is putting "catalytic capital" where its mouth is. The foundation is one of the first to create an impact investment management company registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to allow it to manage other investors’ capital.
  • The investment management firm is working to raise $40 million from a syndicate of other catalytic investors as a way of attracting $1 billion in commercial capital to a large developer of solar mini-grids in India, which has plans for 10,000 mini-grids to bring electricity to 22 million people.