raises $18.7 million to build a data platform for social challenges has raised $18.7 million to build a data platform for social challenges. is aiming to advance the data philanthropy movement by helping public and private companies share data for the common good. Insurance businessman and philanthropist Pat Ryan led the Series B funding for the two-year-old Austin, Tex., company. Chicago Ventures and Shasta Ventures

Jean Case previews map of emerging impact data ecosystem

Women Rising Jean Case is bullish on impact investing. Writing in Stanford Social Innovation Review, the former AOL executive and head of the Case Foundation credits the growing influence of young people and women, the entrance of big institutions and an increasingly robust data ecosystem. On that last point, Case touts the Impact Investing Network

New Templates Make Impact a Standard Part of Investment Deals

Help is here for investors and entrepreneurs who want to add “impact” to the investment deals they are negotiating. Impact investing is increasingly popular and assets under management are growing. Doing impact investment deals, however, is still a hand-tooled process and often complicated (and expensive). Two new projects aim to equip impact investment dealmakers with

Cool Tool: Consolidated Impact is the Goal of iPAR Reporting for Investors and Fund Managers

Who says apples can’t be compared to oranges? The ability to generate a “consolidated impact statement” alongside consolidated financials has long eluded private equity funds, asset managers and wealth advisors. The diversity of issues and metrics, not to mention priorities and values, has made reporting hand-tooled, anecdotal and inconsistent. iPAR, a new reporting tool launched today,