Building the Infrastructure Investment Pipeline

We’re facing a $1 trillion funding gap in U.S. infrastructure spending befor the end of the decade. The country loses an estimated $280 billion each year because of crumbling roads, bridges and water pipes. And $50 billion in infrastructure investment capital (over the next five years) was represented in the room at last week’s Infrastructure

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Environmentalists are claiming their seats at the impact investing table. Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability. The commitments were gathered by the CREO Network, a grouping of

Three Gender Lenses Bring Women Into Focus for Impact Investors

Access to capital. Workplace equity. Products and services that affect the lives of women and girls. In “The Rise of Gender Capitalism” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Sarah Kaplan and Jackie Vanderbrug cite Root Capital, Village Capital and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as examples of three distinct but interrelated lenses that can

Unitus Seed Fund: Attracting Elusive HNWIs to Impact Opportunities in India

Just when many fund managers are throwing up their hands in frustration at the reluctance of affluent individuals to write checks comes a sign that it may indeed be possible to get rich folks to actually commit to impact investing. Unitus Seed Fund, based in Seattle, announced it has closed its $20 million fund for

Progreso Financiero: Banking on the Unbanked

Payday lenders, who sometimes charge more than 400 percent in annual interest, are a big fat juicy target for a new breed of mission-driven financial institutions. Short-term payday loans and other “alternative” financial services, such as check-cashing and money transfers, cater to the one-quarter of U.S. households that don’t have bank accounts. The 68 million

Ebola Outbreak Challenges ‘Liberty & Justice’ in Liberia

“This Ebola crisis shows that the risk of investing in Liberia is nowhere near as risky as not investing in Liberia,” Chid Liberty says in an interview with Root Capital’s Willy Foote on Forbes.com. Liberty is a Liberian social entrepreneur who as a boy fled with his family to the United States during Liberia’s civil

Private Capital, Public Good, Federal Policy

The modern venture capital industry arguably dates to 1979 when federal regulators freed pension funds to make venture investments that helped unleash a technology revolution. Similar changes in federal regulations now could unleash “impact investing,” argue more than two dozen leaders of the emerging investment approach in a new report. The report was released Wednesday