How do we reach sustainable energy for all? Take the Brief Quiz #11

This week humans prepared to celebrate earth day and tech companies embraced virtual reality. You can’t make this up. Test your Impact IQ. Take the Brief Quiz #11. Get ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, The Brief. 1. The Scottish Government launched a three year social enterprise action plan. What’s one of the goals? a. Maintain the strongest possible

Bono said what? The Brief Quiz No. 10

This week, an aircraft carrier dramatically changed course and a man was dragged out of a plane. We’re focused on improving our Impact IQ. Are you? Take the Brief Quiz No. 10. Get ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, The Brief. 1. ImpactAlpha launched a new feature profiling folks that matter in impact investing. What’s it called? a. Super Saviors.

The Path Forward for Impact Investing in the Trump Presidency

How will impact investing fare in the Trump administration? I’m not the first, and undoubtedly won’t be the last, to write about this. Erika Karp at Cornerstone Capital wrote a letter to her investors after the 2016 election and Stephanie Cohn Rupp and Ron Albahary penned a thoughtful and tactical piece last December on the

Oxfam’s proposal to put impact investing’s focus back on impact

Investors targeting market-rate returns through impact investments risk overlooking the needs of the enterprises attempting to solve global poverty. Such “have your cake and eat it too” expectations can “undermine the meaningful role [impact investing] can and should play in poverty reduction,” writes Oxfam’s Mara Bolis in an introduction in NextBillion to a new report from

What is ‘scale’ in impact investing and how do we get there? (podcast)

Impact investing asset managers manage some $35.5 billion in assets, up 18 percent in the last two years. That may sound like a lot, but in a $70 trillion capital market, it’s a rounding error. Meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, for example, requires as much as $5 to $7 trillion each year in public

Recognizing the Collective Value of Individual Efforts to Drive Social Impact

How do we know if our efforts to make the world a better place are really working? What approaches are most effective for alleviating poverty, combating environmental degradation, or empowering women economically? Where can our investments have the most impact—and why? To start to answer those questions, imagine a remote village in Africa, India, or

$500,000 in grants to help Australia social enterprises get “Impact Investment Ready”

Impact Investing Australia and Philanthropy Australia will provide nonprofits with up to $50,000 each to help them transition to self-sustaining models and become less dependent on government or philanthropic grants. Impact investing is “potentially 20 times what is available in grants,” said Chris Wooten of Philanthropy Australia. The National Australia Bank contributed half of the