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Stasch at MacArthur: Watch This Space for Impact

There were some tantalizing nuggets in the press release from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Julia M. Stasch as its new president. Stasch, long-time practitioner and champion of the use of innovative financial tools for economic inclusion, effectively pre-announced “a soon-to-be-launched innovative effort to deliver useful capital for the social sector

Foundations Slow to Deploy Program-Related Investments

Philanthropic foundations have an under-utilized source of capital to make loans, loan guarantees and equity investments in social ventures. Since 1969, foundations have had the ability to use “program-related investments,” or PRIs, to invest in organizations that advance their “charitable purpose,” while earning a real financial return. The investments even count toward foundations’ legal requirement

Wind + Solar = 53% of New US Electricity

Solar and wind made up more than half of all new US electricity capacity in 2014. Adding other renewable sources (such as hydro, geothermal, waste heat, and biomass), nearly 56 percent of new energy came from renewables last year, according to new estimates from CleanTechnica. Natural gas was the single largest source of new electricity,

‘Nature Conservation Notes’ Bring Individual Investors into Climate Fund

Investing in conservation has long been the province of development-finance institutions and philanthropic foundations. Now, wealthy individuals are starting to invest as well, opening a potentially huge new source of private capital for ecosystem preservation. Dozens of individual investors committed a total of 15 million euros, or about $17.5 million, to purchase “Nature Conservation Notes”

‘Conservation Bonds’ Take Green Financing to the Next Level

ZURICH — Only around $50 billion is spent each year on the protection of nature around the globe. The lion’s share – around 80 percent, or $40 billion – comes from government budgets and philanthropy. Even if public and philanthropic investment levels were to more than double to $100 million per year, the level of

Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

Private equity fund managers are sitting on more than $1.5 billion in private capital that already has been raised for investments in sustainable agriculture and forestry, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation projects. They expect to raise more than $4 billion more in the next five years. In conservation finance, at least for the

Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. Market-rate returns. The Althelia Climate Fund, based in Luxemburg and London, has packaged many of the elements that bankers and conservationists alike say are necessary to attract private capital to large-scale ecosystem conservation projects around the world. The most recent
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