Ford Foundation Looking at Impact Investing For $12 Billion Endowment

It’s time to address the elephant in the board rooms of the nation’s foundations: the impact of the $650 billion in philanthropic endowments. So says Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, who announced that the nation’s second-largest private foundation will put forward a specific impact investing policy for its $12 billion endowment “in the

DealFlow: ImpactAlpha’s Weekly Roundup of Investments, Raises and Exits

What, where, when and how impact capital flowed this week...See more impact deals in ImpactAlpha’s DealFlow section. Send your dealflow news to info@dev.impactalpha.com. Latino small businesses get a boost. The Surdna Foundation is boosting its support for Latino small businesses with a $2 million program-related investment, along with grant support. The investment is intended to accelerate lending among Latino-led

Pacific Island Seafood Startups Showcase Sustainability at the Source

Growing retail demand for sustainable seafood from North America and Europe is creating economic opportunities for environment-friendly businesses closer to the fish and the men and women who catch and process them.   In the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, among the world’s richest fishing grounds, a new school of seafood companies is working to keep

Ten Years, Five Deals and $20 Million Later, a Sea Change in Seafood?

As preservation and restoration of the oceans rises on the global agenda (see UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources”) it may be instructive to look back on the decade-long story of a private equity fund that intended to do just that. The Sea Change Investment Fund, vintage

Pontos Aqua: Sustainability Drives Private Equity Aquaculture Investment

It’s not surprising that impact investors believe environmental sustainability creates long-term value. That a traditional private equity investor is betting on sustainability — that’s a signal of an important market shift. That shift has occurred in aquaculture, says Francisco Saraiva Gomes, CEO of Pontos Aqua Holdings, an investment company he formed last year with Tinicum

Village Capital: Closing the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

To truly change the world, entrepreneurship has to include everyone. Technology pioneer Freada Kapor Klein recently told me: “We can’t close gaps to access and opportunity without having our entrepreneurs come from the communities we are trying to serve. Lived experience is essential in creating successful businesses.” Unfortunately, today, we’re leaving nearly half the entrepreneurs

Convergence Seeks to Blend Public and Private Investment for Global Development

The world is awash in money for sustainable development. Not the relatively few billions in public-sector foreign aid or philanthropy — the $218 trillion private capital market.  A new matchmaking platform aims to help leverage the former to get at the latter by facilitating so-called “blended” capital structures to increase the flow of development capital to developing countries. The