January 2016

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Different business models, same issue.

With our headlines dominated this week by the risks posed by the Zika virus and warnings of it spreading across Latin America, its easy to underestimate the impact of another mosquito borne virus - malaria. But with an estimated 438,000 malaria related deaths in 2015 alone, the disease...

Case Study: Impact investing in a food bank

Often, the big questions and headlines around impact investing distract our attention from the nitty gritty details of impact investing deals. What does an impact investing deal typically look like? And what are some of the challenges faced by impact investing deals? Seattle based impact investor,...

Climate Change at Davos

Global leaders convened at Davos last week at the World Economic Forum. Whilst this came in quick succession of the COP21 late in 2015 it seemed that concern about climate change took a backseat to the current turmoil in the financial markets. Climate Home, an online news outlet...

Big Society Capital publishes top tips for financial advisors

Attracting retail investors to impact investing has been high on the sector's agenda for a long time. This has been evidenced in policy action to date, for example the launch of Social Investment Tax Relief - a tax subsidy for investors in social enterprises -...

Social entrepreneurs head to Davos

The World Economic Forum takes place at Davos this week with global leaders meeting to discuss the social and economic impact of changing technology, demographic and political shifts amongst other things. Topics of key concern for those leaders include the risks of involuntary migration, climate change...

Looking for liquidity in impact investing

A recent blog post by UK impact investing intermediary Clearly So, explores the value of liquidity in impact investing. Liquidity is a certainly a challenge for much of the sector, where equity investments in particular have most frequently been in relatively small sizes by specialist investors with little...

What does 2016 hold for impact investing?

Impact Alpha, the sustainable investing news site, have published a review of things to come for impact investing in 2016, as forecast by market experts. Popular terms in the round-up include "technology" and how it can be utilised to create or amplify social impact in developed...

Recap: Zuckerberg’s commitment to impact investing

The end of 2015 saw impact investing headlines dominated by news of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan's commitment of up to 99% of their wealth, currently estimated at $45 billion, to philanthropy, notably via impact investing. The news was met...

Social investment & crowd funding

Big Society Capital, the UK social investment bank, have called for proposals for partners to develop a 'Crowd Match Fund' worth £5 million. The fund, which is due to launch in March 2016, will offer match funding through debt and equity to social organisations that are...

Foundations commit to impact investment

The Ford Foundation has announced its commitment to pursue impact investment as part of its endowment investment strategy. The Foundation, which aims to tackle global inequality, has over $10 billion in assets, suggesting a big lift for the sector even if only a portion of...