Bringing Lenders Together for Better Results for America’s Urban Poor

Commercial lenders don’t exactly flock to opportunities to offer low-cost loans, lines of credit and equity investments for small businesses and social services for low-income residents in U.S. cities. So a new fund is sweetening the pot to increase the flow of capital for such investments across the country. Living Cities, a collaboration of nearly

PayPal Enlists Village Capital to Bring ‘New Money’ to the Global Unbanked

Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal, is on a mission to extend digital payments to the 2.5 billion unbanked people around the world. He is enlisting Village Capital, the scrappy business accelerator and venture capital firm, to help find local companies that can help. PayPal and Village Capital will support roughly 40 financial technology entrepreneurs who

The New Alternatives: Holding Companies that Build Assets and Impact of ‘Infinite Duration’

Impact investing may have gotten off on the wrong foot, with venture-capital style private equity funds that generally have to be liquidated after 10 years. This season’s new style: Permanently capitalized holding companies with long-term ownership stakes in operating companies that deliver real benefits such as food security, clean water and climate mitigation. A recent example

Ecosystem ‘Restoration Economy’ Drives Growth, Creates Jobs

Restoration of wetlands, wildlife habitats and other natural ecosystems is a job creator, not a job killer.  Our recent national survey, “Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy,” has determined that the U.S. ecological restoration industry directly employs nearly 126,000 workers and generates approximately $9.5 billion in economic output (sales) annually. Our research team, comprised of

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 3.4.2016: Kiva Aims to Finance One Million Women Entrepreneurs

Kiva partnership introduces women-focused fund. A crowdfunding platform focusing on women entrepreneurs has been jointly launched by Kiva, the U.S. State Department and the Inter-American Development Bank. The fund aims to raise capital to support one million women-owned businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America over the next five years. It will leverage Kiva’s crowdfunding

IFC: Five Things Impact Investors Need to Know to ‘Crowd In’ Capital (1 of 3)

Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted, governments are confronting the question of how to pay for the enormous investments — especially in infrastructure — required to meet the goals. Clearly, governments don’t have the fiscal space to finance all the investments, or the skills to design and manage them. So the focus has been on how

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 2.18.16: Jana’s Free Internet Raises $57 Million

This week in impact investing: mobile ad platform Jana raises $57 million to expand free internet services; Social Finance launches a South Carolina social impact bond for mothers and children; a fund in the UK offers tax relief along with an expected 8 percent return; and more! Jana raises $57 million to expand free internet service.