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Women and Girls Lead Sustainable Development for All

A remarkable consensus has emerged: Women’s leadership and inclusion is essential for meeting not only UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 — gender equality — but the 16 other global goals as well. The women’s agenda is becoming the global agenda. Women and girls were center stage at last week’s Clinton Global Initiative and this week’s Social Capital

IRS Gives Green Light to Foundation Investments for Impact

The Obama administration has removed an obstacle that had blocked some private foundations seeking to use their full range of capital to pursue their missions. The new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service could help unlock for so-called “mission-related investments” some of the $650 billion in assets warehoused in the endowments of U.S.-based private foundations. “This guidance is not about

Uneasy Blend of Investor Expectations: Five Ways to Build Better Capital Stacks

I recently sat around a table of investors charged with finalizing the structure of a global impact fund. I couldn’t help but hear the contradictions that laced the discussion. One public investor had a mandate to “catalyze private capital” but was unable to accept any terms considered subordinate to other investors. Another investor wouldn’t be able

As Colorado River Runs Dry, Impact Investors Seek Water Solutions

The Colorado River, which supplies water to 35 million people and four million acres of irrigated agriculture across seven states (plus two in Mexico), is running dry after 15 years of drought. That’s both a problem and an opportunity for impact investors. A new report lays out a menu of approaches through which private capital

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals with ‘Blended Capital’

Here’s the latest trillion dollar question: How to finance the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations on Friday? The new set of 17 goals for 2030, known as the SDGs, build on the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, that were adopted in 2000 and ran through this year. The 169 specific targets

Small Foundations Are Embracing Impact Investing

Paperwork and bureaucracy aren’t just pains in the backside of everyone working at every small business or smaller nonprofit. They’re also barriers to entry — for new people, new ideas and even new sources of capital. Crowdfunding might help level the playing field, but even that has a new set of challenges and limitations. When

Climate Exposure: Reading the Signals for Investment Risks and Returns

There’s a term emerging for the investment risks and opportunities ushered in by a changing climate: climate exposure. A new report from the Climate Policy Initiative, a nonprofit thinktank founded in 2009 with support from financier George Soros, and Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, backed by California billionaire Tom Steyer, surveys the landscape of