Eyes on the Horizon: Impact Report Shows $60 Billion in Assets, but Where’s the Growth?

The results are in from impact investing’s annual report, and while they show clear progress, they raise a serious question: why can’t impact fund managers put more capital to work, even after they’ve raised it? The headline number for the fifth annual report from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and J.P. Morgan: global impact

Natasa Tesanovic: Building a TV Business to Help Rebuild Bosnia and Herzegovina

For the last two decades Natasa Tesanovic’s TV station has challenged a nation to face its violent past and reconcile issues that would otherwise tear it apart. Her independent media outfit has succeeded in a patriarchal society, accustomed to partisan news, for two main reasons: a well-run business and courageous, professional journalists—most of whom happen to

The Women Effect in Independent Media: Tough Entrepreneurs in Tough Environments

Editor’s note: The Women Effect in Independent Media series highlights women in media building commercially viable, independent, news businesses in environments hostile to the press. Released in recognition of World Press Freedom Day, ImpactAlpha and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) presented the series in three parts. Part I: Natasa Tesanovic’s TV business is helping to rebuild

Warby Parker Raises $100 Million for Bricks and Mortar Expansion

Neal Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker, has long said that calling the designer eyewear company an “e-commerce brand was too narrow a definition.” He demonstrated that this week, raising $100 million to expand the company’s physical locations.  The financing valued the company at a cool $1.2 billion, according to theWall Street Journal. The growth of

Indian Jobs Marketplace Babajob Attracts Follow-On Funding

Babajob, an India-based, informal employment platform, has raised second-round funding from Seek Ltd., one of the largest global employment marketplaces. Babajob, founded in 2007, connects workers to jobs as delivery staff, office helpers, drivers, cooks, maids, security guards, and more. Seek, based in Australia, joins initial investors Khosla Impact and Gray Ghost Ventures, which invested

USDA: Investments in Agriculture and Forestry Yield Climate Solutions

Farmland may be even more important than factories when it comes to finding solutions to climate change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, with public and private partners, last week announced actions to help the agriculture sector mitigate its carbon emissions and adapt to the long-term effects of climate change. The expected impact: a reduction of

RSF’s Don Shaffer: Here’s How to Take the First Steps Toward Impact Investing

The movement toward investing in what’s good instead of just screening out what’s bad is growing, spurred by a new generation of investors. Millennials are questioning conventional systems and approaches across the board, from food to education to finance. That’s leading many to start aligning personal and family investments with their values. A recent Morgan