Seizing the Momentum: ‘But For’ These Foundations, Less Impact in Investing

Baltimore, Md. — There’s a tendency for some hardcore finance types to look down their noses at philanthropic foundations. Soft-headed. Concessionary. Anti-business. It may be time for a new view: Pioneering. Catalytic. Risk-taking. And in the nascent market for investments that generate financial returns through the creation of social and environmental benefits, perhaps essential. In the lexicon

Seizing the Momentum: ‘But For’ These Foundations, Less Impact in Investing

Baltimore, Md. –  There’s a tendency for some hardcore finance types to look down their noses at philanthropic foundations. Soft-headed. Concessionary. Anti-business. It may be time for a new view: Pioneering. Catalytic. Risk-taking. And in the nascent market for investments that generate financial returns through the creation of social and environmental benefits, perhaps essential. In the

Fish Forever: Manila Hotels Put Sustainable Seafood and Local Livelihoods on the Menu

News traveled fast in Antique, Philippines, when some fishermen and women started earning up to 25 percent more than current market prices. “Word got out and fishermen from neighboring municipalities were coming around asking how they can get in the game,” says Dale Galvin, one of the architects of Fish Forever, a new initiative aimed at

Can the ‘Chicago Model’ Work in Other Cities to Fill Social Capital Gaps? (Podcast)

Reactions to last week’s unveiling of Benefit Chicago recalls the story of the blind men and an elephant. Different folks saw different parts. The latest Returns on Investment podcast from ImpactAlpha looked at all aspects of the new $100 million fund. Listen to “Chicago Model” on Returns on Investment with Imogen Rose-Smith, Brian Walsh, and David Bank. Benefit Chicago will

IFC: How Blended Finance Helped Turn $385 Million Into More Than $4 Billion (3 of 3)

In a recent blog post, my colleague Neil Gregory has shared his thoughts on the practice of combining public and private-sector funds to financing projects with high development impact. As Neil mentioned, there are many shapes and forms in which public funds can be combined to private finance to leverage public aid dollars and crowd in

Double-Dose of #DealFlow 4.29.16: Impact Investments by Bridges, Aavishkar, Omidyar, Accion, OPIC and More

When we launched ImpactAlpha, skeptics wondered whether there were really enough deals to report on. This edition of #dealflow should put those doubts to rest. We have direct deals and fund investments, equity and debt structures, private-equity funds, foundations and development-finance institutions. And we even have an exit, by the UK’s Bridges Ventures. Send your

Root Capital Secures $50 Million from OPIC to Lend to Smallholder Farmers

Root Capital will be able to make a larger dent in the huge shortfall in financing for smallholder farmers in Latin America and Africa. The nonprofit agricultural lender has secured a $50 million lending facility from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC. The new facility includes $30 million of new capital, Root Capital told ImpactAlpha.