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Foundation impact investing: a roundup of deals, policy changes, tools, research and lessons.

Photo by ©torange.biz Baltimore, Md. — There’s a tendency for some hardcore finance types to look down their noses at philanthropic foundations. Soft-headed. Concessionary. Anti-business. It may be time for a new view: Pioneering. Catalytic. Risk-taking. And in the nascent market for investments that generate financial returns through the creation of social and environmental benefits, perhaps

‘Chicago Model’: MacArthur, Calvert and Chicago Community Trust Launch $100 Million Local Fund

A collaborative $100 million fund to finance education and child care, healthy food and affordable housing, and energy conservation and jobs in Chicago, may become a national model for a new way to harness the interest of impact investors in local social enterprises. The MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and Calvert Foundation launched Benefit