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MacArthur Foundation commits $25 million to COVID recovery and election integrity

ImpactAlpha, September 24 – MacArthur Foundation has made grants totaling $10 million to organizations supporting Black, Native and other under-represented groups disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Recipients include: Cultural Survival, Native Voices Rising, and the Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund.  Another $15 million in grants went to organizations strengthening voter education and fighting voter suppression,

Reinsurance firm Africa Specialty Risk Group launches with backing from Helios

ImpactAlpha, September 24 – Reinsurance firm Africa Specialty Risk Group launches with backing from Helios. Africa Specialty Risk Group, or ASR, will offer reinsurance—insurance for insurers—to encourage new business and investment activity for Africa’s COVID recovery.  Insurance, critical to business and investment activity, is supported by insurers’ ability to mitigate their own risks through reinsurance.

Matthew Patsky: Finding my tribe in an unexpected place

Most middle-school-aged children are focused on their small life bubble: impressing their friends with their new sneakers or making sure they do their math homework on time. When I was young, I realized that I was a little different from most children. Instead of coming home from work yielding comic books, my father, who worked

Aligned closes $1 billion sustainability-linked credit to green data centers

ImpactAlpha, September 17 – Data centers are consuming huge amounts of electricity. Dallas-based Aligned uses energy-efficient cooling systems and has committed to 100% renewable energy for its facilities.  A $1 billion credit facility to support Aligned’s sustainability goals, structured by ING Capital, will reward the company with a reduced interest rate if it hits impact

COVID Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs rallies support for frontline enterprises

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Social enterprises need new sources of capital, as well as non-financial support, to maintain and expand operations now that it’s needed most.  “For decades, social entrepreneurs have effectively reached and helped vulnerable populations and have served as the guardians of people and the planet,” write the authors of a new report

Constructing ESG portfolios that go beyond stock selection to mitigate systemic risk

Can asset managers, RIAs and other fiduciaries act both as responsible fiduciaries as well as promote long-term societal good through their investment actions? This question has taken on increased significance in recent months as ESG investing has gained a broader foothold among institutional investors – at least in terms of awareness. Reporting made manifest earlier

Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors to float $400 million ‘impact’ SPAC 

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors filed to float a $400 public offering for AEA-Bridges Impact Corp., a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC, that will hunt for mid-cap private companies to take public. New York-based AEA, with $15 billion in assets under management, will tap Bridges’ impact investing experience to