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Q & A with Morgan Stanley: Clients Demand Impact Investment Options

Watch this space: Major financial institutions are starting to compete for clients who want to mobilize their capital for social and environmental solutions. (Updated with new comments from Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman below.) Morgan Stanley this month announced a five-year goal of $10 billion in client assets for its Investing with Impact platform, which

Impact Investment Performance: Tiptoeing Toward Transparency

The recent release of details about the performance of several impact investment portfolios and funds is another step toward answering the question more and more investors are asking: Is impact a boost — or a bust — in terms of financial returns? “Institutional investors aren’t going to move on impact until they get more data,”

From Margins to Mainstream: World Economic Forum Tackles Impact Investing

From the folks who brought us Davos comes a new report that cautiously concludes that impact investing is ready to break out from its niche and capture the imagination — and the assets — of mainstream institutional investors. The World Economic Forum used its access to senior decision-makers and portfolio managers of pension funds, insurance

Announcing ImpactSpace: Open Data and Resources to Power Impact Investing

The data is flowing. Today’s launch of ImpactSpace, the open impact database, enables players in the global impact investing marketplace to navigate nearly  2,300 impact companies and more than 1,300 financing events. ImpactSpace begins to meet the impact community’s oft-cited need for a real picture of the companies, investors and actual transactions — the deals getting

Accelerating the Accelerators: New Tools for Impact Entrepreneurs and Their Allies

The impact investing world has borrowed a page from the tech-investing world, where accelerators like 500 Startups, Y Combinator and TechStars have helped launch Dropbox, Airbnb and hundreds of other companies. In the last few years, dozens of “impact accelerators” have sprung up around the country and around the world. Most put entrepreneurs through boot

Building An Operating System for the Good Economy

Vibrant startup ecosystems are growing across the globe.  Among them are communities of entrepreneurs and the individuals and institutions working with them to build enterprises that deliver both financial and social returns to all of their stakeholders. We call this the “Good Economy.” But geographic barriers continue to limit the ability of these entrepreneurs to

On the Impact Frontier: Leaders Who Are Shaping Market Systems

In Bangladesh, a thousand families still weep for loved ones who perished in April when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed.  Who is to blame? Is it the factory owner who was trying to keep costs down to prevent the business from moving elsewhere? Is it western consumers who want to buy cheap clothes? Is