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

“USDA-Approved” Conservation Innovation

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden “plyscrapers.” Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents’ Department of Agriculture. At a White House meeting and industry conference this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is promoting innovative opportunities for private investment in rural America. The White House

Living Goods: Selling Health Door-to-Door

Living Goods is a global health strategy wrapped in a retail distribution business wrapped in a nonprofit company. In Uganda and, since last year, in Kenya, more than 1,000 Living Goods “community health promoters” in bright blue T-shirts make their rounds through urban slums and rural neighborhoods, peddling an assortment of malaria medicine, fortified cereals,

Kuli Kuli: Taking an Impact Food Venture to the Crowd

Phrases like “food startup with a social mission,” “a 20-something female CEO only a few years out of the Peace Corps” or “supplied by women farmers in West Africa” are likely to land your business plan in a traditional venture capitalist’s polite-rejection pile. But the same factors that initially turned off many VCs resonated with