Rising Tides: Debt-for-Nature Swaps Let Impact Investors Finance Climate Resilience  

A thousand miles off the coast of East Africa in the Western Indian Ocean lies the Republic of Seychelles, a nation of 115 islands with a population of just under 90,000. The Seychelles is known as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), but it is more accurately a Large Ocean Developing State (LODS): Like other

Overcoming the Selfishness of Sodom: Six Steps in a Jewish Approach to Impact Investing

Many of us feel a tension when it comes to money and wealth. And that’s a good thing. The ancient rabbis share a startling idea. At the moment of Divine judgment in the World to Come, they explain, the first question a person will be asked is not, “Did you pray?” nor “Did you keep

#Dealflow 6.8.16: Financing Farmers, Banking on Conservation, Investing in Education, and $123,456,789 for World-Positive Companies

We’re catching up on a busy few weeks in impact investing. Many of the funds and investors ImpactAlpha has been tracking are accelerating their dealmaking. Enjoy a full helping of Dealflow — and remember to send your own deals to info@impactalpha.com. Smallholder farmer finance in Indonesia. Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund completed its second investment in the

Artists as Social Entrepreneurs: With UpStart Co-Lab, Laura Callanan Brings Creativity to Impact Investing (Podcast)

Artists may be the original social entrepreneurs. The arts are often thought of as entertainment or culture. Less appreciated is the role artists have long played in social change and community revitalization. That should make them especially attractive to impact investors, says Laura Callanan, ImpactAlpha’s guest on this week’s ROI podcast. Callanan has just launched Upstart Co-Lab to provide opportunities,

New Templates Make Impact a Standard Part of Investment Deals

Help is here for investors and entrepreneurs who want to add “impact” to the investment deals they are negotiating. Impact investing is increasingly popular and assets under management are growing. Doing impact investment deals, however, is still a hand-tooled process and often complicated (and expensive). Two new projects aim to equip impact investment dealmakers with

Are Foundations Ready to Get Off Their Assets? Endowments Have Become a Hot Topic (Podcast)

Mission-driven foundations should be the point of the spear when it comes to impact investing. Here at ImpactAlpha, we’ve been tracking the growing number of foundations who are expanding their toolsets to include loans, equity and other investments in enterprises that can deliver impact – and return capital. (See, for example, our recent deep dive

To Be Young, Wealthy and Committed to Impact: Millennials Move from Talk to Action

You may have heard more than enough about Millennials, but possibly not from wealthy Millennials themselves. Meet Alexandra and Josephine, Seth, Steph, Antonis, Adam and Chloe, Sapphira, Talia and Eric. These 20- and 30-somethings recount their personal journeys toward impact investing in “Millennials and Impact Investing,” from Toniic, the global community of impact investing practitioners