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How corporations can make good on their racial equity pledges

Netflix and Goldman Sachs are in vastly different businesses, but in formulating their responses to the racial crisis facing America, these corporations came to a similar conclusion: both bet big on Black-controlled financial institutions.  Other corporations should follow their example. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) led and owned by Black

Pay-for-success funds in San Francisco and Colorado raise $10 million for nonprofits

ImpactAlpha, October 20 – Two new funds aim to streamline pay-for-success (sometimes called social impact bonds) and make it easier for nonprofits to raise impact capital to run and expand their programs.  Impact investing advisor NPX structured place-based funds for the San Francisco Bay Area and Colorado to be payors to nonprofit organizations once their

Impact Engine steps into private equity with $31 million growth fund

ImpactAlpha, October 20 – Early-stage fundraising is difficult. Finding mission-aligned growth capital can be just as hard. Most of the few impact-oriented private equity funds have come from private equity giants like KKR, Bain and TPG.  Chicago-based Impact Engine is aiming to expand the supply of growth-stage impact capital by investing in new managers of

Chelsea Clinton’s VC fund backs edtech startup Fiveable

ImpactAlpha, October 19 – Back in July, Axios reported that Clinton was “kicking around the idea” for a venture fund to invest in two sectors most impacted by the global pandemic: health and education. Her firm, Metrodora Ventures, made its first investment in online learning startup Fiveable, which is working to “democratize” access to advanced

Investors see a ‘blue wave’ of growth opportunities in sustainability and inclusion

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 15 – “Pro-business” really does have a new meaning. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. investors were said to be fretting about higher taxes in a potential Biden administration. Judging from a growing batch of briefings, they’re now anticipating not only stability and stimulus, but sustainable growth (see, “Pro-business has a new meaning now”).

Evolve Credit raises early funding to help Nigerians navigate fintech options

ImpactAlpha, October 15 – Africa pioneered mobile money more than a decade ago. Since then, digital lending and insurance products have extended access to finance to hundreds of millions of un- and under-banked people.  But alongside many responsible providers are bad actors who have engaged in predatory lending and collection practices (see, “Investors called to

Greenwood raises $3 million for a digital bank for Black and Latinx customers

The “neobank” founded by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, rapper and activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render, and Bounce TV’s Ryan Glover provides online banking services for individuals and businesses and ways to give back to Black and Latinx causes.