Join ImpactAlpha at SOCAP15: 21st Century Talent, Neighborhood Economics, Sustainable Supply Chains

ImpactAlpha is excited to again be a media sponsor of SOCAP, the annual gathering of the Social Capital Markets community. For the eighth year in a row, SOCAP15 will convene leading impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners for three full days of networking and engaging content. Last year’s sold out-event gathered more than 2,200

RSF’s New Funds for Soil Health, Biodynamic Ag, Fair Trade and Women-Led Businesses

Philanthropic funders are working to close the funding gap for social startups with a new mix of flexible investment tools. RSF Social Finance, for example, plans to launch four new funds focused on fair trade, biodynamics, soil health, and women. The new funds are modeled after RSF’s Local Initiatives Fund, which was launched in 2012 to

East Africa: Impact Investing Hot Spot, Dominated by Development Banks

Entrepreneurship was top of President Obama’s agenda during his recent trip to East Africa. But as he noted in his keynote address at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, “This is still a neglected market, and accessing capital for entrepreneurs here is still too hard.” One group trying to change that: impact investors. A new report

Behind the Impact Benchmark: Q & A with GIIN and Cambridge Associates

Impact investors are a tough crowd. For years, proponents have called for more data on impact fund performance and comparable returns to give investors better visibility into the real results of investments intended to generate social and environmental as well as financial benefits. But no sooner had the Global Impact Investing Network and Cambridge Associates released

Who’s the Next Impact Target After Goldman Sachs Snaps Up Imprint Capital?

Goldman Sachs’ move to buy San Francisco-based Imprint Capital has the small community of impact investment asset managers and dealmakers buzzing about who might next be asked to dance by a Wall Street suitor. Goldman’s decision to buy, rather than build, its impact investing capacity for high-net-worth and institutional clients may prod other wealth-management giants

The Prison Reform #Fail That is Shaking the Social-Impact Bond Market

Green bonds have grown into a more than $40 billion annual market, while social-impact bonds have had trouble getting out of the starting gate. It doesn’t help when early and high-profile offerings not only fail to deliver returns to investors, but fail to deliver the social impact that the bonds were designed to finance in the first

New Impact Benchmark from Cambridge Associates: Market-Rate Returns (Almost)

Down goes another obstacle to the growth of impact investing. The new Impact Investing Benchmark, from Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), showed that a group of more than 50 impact investing funds delivered returns nearly as strong as a set of comparable funds with no measured social impact. Some subsets even