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Global Ethical Finance Forum: What Can Islamic Finance Teach Impact Investors?

The Global Ethical Finance Forum in Scotland earlier this month was animated by mutual enlightenment and the spirit of Edinburgh’s native son, Adam Smith, whose The Theory of Moral Sentiments provided some of the philosophical and psychological underpinning of the often misinterpreted The Wealth of Nations. If Smith’s writing is often misinterpreted, so too is Islamic culture.

Investing in Impact Investors: Capria Accelerator to Seed First-Time Fund Managers

First-time fund managers have a hard time raising capital in any area of private equity. Add in low-income customers, challenging frontier markets and a requirement for demonstrable social impact and first-time social-impact fund managers face even greater obstacles. Yet without the ability to raise their first funds, even the sharpest impact fund managers won’t be

Millennial financial advisors eye wealth transfer to millennial investors

I’m an activist and a financial advisor. That’s not traditional, but it’s typical for us millennials. The millennial generation (born between 1980 and 2000) is the largest generation in America and is about to receive one of the largest transfers of wealth in modern history. A projected $30 trillion in financial and non-financial assets will pass from Baby

Catapulta 2015: A Springboard for Mavericks

The multifaceted event known as Catapulta has grown organically from a loose gathering of creatives in the capital of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. This summer’s third convening, held in the spacious art and cultural space known as La Calera and a downtown cultural center, showed it has stayed true to its roots. The “Festival

ADAP Associates: A Millennial Opportunity to Drive Capital to Where It’s Needed Most

When I first heard people making generalizations about “millennials,” I realized that I was, indeed, in that category. I embraced what I had learned as a philosophy major . “Know thyself” – or, myself as the case may be. What I learned was spot-on. Millennials, are intrigued and motivated by the potential and the power

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