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

ImpactAlpha and ImpactSpace tie the knot

Editorial leadership and open data around impact investing go together like, well, ImpactAlpha and ImpactSpace. And, in fact, our teams have been working together for more than a year to build out our complementary offerings. The time has come to go legit. We are very pleased to announce that ImpactAlpha and ImpactSpace have officially merged as

Bamboo Finance Raises $31 Million for “Next Generation” Microfinance

Bamboo Finance is doubling down on microfinance. Backed by a decade of experience and an appetite from mainstream investors, the private equity firm specializing in business models that benefit low-income communities announced a first close of $31 million for its Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund II. The close attracted institutional investors including Teachers Insurance and Annuity

Tending the Ocean, Not Just the Seafood: Valuing Ecosystem Services in New Zealand

The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, also known as New Zealand. The Māori also are the owners of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd., one of the country’s largest seafood companies and a major supplier of  pāua, or abalone. That makes Aotearoa Fisheries an excellent candidate for a new

Fish 2.0 is Searching the Seven Seas for Seafood Entrepreneurs

A workshop in Fiji last month to explore ways to develop the South Pacific’s fishing industry was interrupted by a staggering object lesson: the devastation of Vanuatu by Super Cyclone Pam. For workshop participants, who came from Tuvalu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the crushing impact of Pam underlined the need for

Updated: Next Generation of Impact Finance Talent Converges on London

A proposal to address California’s historic drought and wildfire risk took first place in the fifth annual Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. (Editor’s Note: This article was updated on April 20, 2015. See original article below.) A team of business students from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley won the competition’s $10,000 prize with

ImpactBase Snapshot: Funds Have Raised Less than Half Their Targets

Our friends over at ImpactBase have published the first analysis of the more than 300 impact funds in the database. Their conclusion: most impact investing funds remain young and hungry. The analysis, released by the Global Impact Investing Network, which operates ImpactBase, found that a whopping 70 percent have been launched since 2009. Only 13