Enterprise Community Partners Reflects on the U.S. State of the Union Address

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Enterprise Community Partners – co-conveners with PCV and IRI of the Accelerating Impact Investing Initiative (AI3) – offer a response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night address to the nation, giving particular attention to the issue of quality affordable housing in America. Original post on EnterpriseCommunity.com SOTU Recap: A Focus on Opportunity, but Silence on America’s Housing Insecurity Crisis …

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Les titres à impact social, quelle transposition en France?

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(Full text in French) Depuis quatre ans, le Royaume-Uni, rejoint par une poignée d’autres pays de l’OCDE, teste un mécanisme innovant de financement de projets à fort impact social. Des investisseurs privés apportent des fonds à des porteurs de projets et ne sont remboursés par le secteur public qu’en cas de réussite. Ces social impact bonds pourraient être adaptés aux besoins …


The Rise of Social Stock Exchanges

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Original post on SSIR By Bandini Chhichhia Markets and socialism have been strange bedfellows since the start of the industrial revolution, and until recently, most of us have considered them mutually exclusive states of affairs. That is about to change. A third dimension is slowly finding its place in traditional market dichotomy—a dimension that includes social business, impact investing, and …


Impact Investing: Developing Pathways to Narrowing Gaps

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Original post on SBA.gov By Javier Saade, SBA Official Which phrase do you agree with more: ‘doing well by doing good’ or ‘doing good by doing well’.  My sense is that this is a trick question because regardless of what you lead with, which is important but beside the point, they both arrive at a place that combines achieving intentional …


IIPC Report Author Micah Sarkas On CNBC Africa

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Micah Sarkas, a contributing author of the IIPC report, Impact Investing Policy In 2014: A Snapshot Of Global Activity, appears on CNBC Africa to discuss changes to South Africa’s Regulation 28, a law governing pension fund investments. A recent update to the law mandates that pension fund managers consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their investment decisions. Watch the full …


VIDEO: Global Snapshot Report Authors in an Interview with Forbes

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Read the introductory article to the Impact Investing Policy in 2014: A Snapshot of Global Activity written by Devin Thorpe, a contributor with Forbes Magazine, and watch his interview with Rosemary Addis (Impact Investing Australia), Bob Annibale (Citi Microfinance and Community Development), Tonusree Basu (Impact Investing Policy Collaborative), Katie Grace (Initiative for Responsible Investment), Sandra Darville (Inter-American Development Bank), Micah Sarkas (Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and …

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Nation’s First County-Level Pay for Success Program Aims to Reconnect Foster Children with Caregivers in Stable, Affordable Housing

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Original post on EnterpriseCommunity.com Partnering for Family Success Program will measurably improve outcomes for children and families in Ohio through access to quality housing and services CLEVELAND – December 4, 2014 – The County of Cuyahoga, Ohio, encompassing the greater Cleveland area, is launching the nation’s first county-level Pay for Success (PFS) project in partnership with FrontLine Service, a comprehensive continuum of care service …

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City First to launch community development investing platform

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Original post on Washington Business Journal By Mark Holan, Washington Business Journal Washington-based City First Enterprises is building an online crowdsourcing platform for investors who want to put their money to work in underserved communities. John Hamilton, president of the nonprofit bank holding company, told me he hopes to go live by July. Then, investors will be able to channel …

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Social investment tax relief ‘strengthened’ in the UK

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Original article on Pioneers Post By Ellie Ward, Pioneers Post The UK social investment tax relief (SITR) scheme is to be extended following a major budget announcement in the House of Commons on 3 December. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, revealed in his autumn statement that the government will seek EU approval to “strengthen” SITR by increasing the number …

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Why we need to invest for the long term

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Original post on The World Economic Forum Blog By Lucy P. Marcus, Marcus Venture Consulting, Ltd. Public and private investment in the real economy has been under attack since the 2008 financial crisis. In difficult economic times, it may seem logical to cut investments that yield results only in the long term, and thereby conserve money and resources to address short-term …

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Lessons from the U.S. for the Portuguese Social Innovation Fund

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Re-posted from Initiative for Responsible Investment By David Wood, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment On September 25th in Lisbon, the Young Foundationand the Plataforma para Crescimento Sustentavel, with support from the European Union, convened a public debate on “A Strategy for the Civic Economy in Portugal” at the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Sociais e Politicas at the University of Lisbon. The goal …

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Outcome Based Government

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By: Sarah Doyle and Toby Eccles September 23, 2014 Read the original post on SocialFinance.ca here. A few weeks back we were at a retreat for Social Impact Bond Developers on an Island on the Muskoka Lakes in Canada. It was a sensational venue (thank you to the Breuninger and BMW Foundations, and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing) and a really interesting few days. One …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Measuring Social Value

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Read the original publication from the Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy here. Measuring social value is a daunting task, and many organizations do not know how or where to begin. The breadth of literature and lack of best practices makes the process of beginning impact measurement even more difficult. However, there are certain common steps that should be followed …

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Adopting the London Principles: A new report shows how innovative impact investing policies are helping Hong Kong tackle its social problems

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Original post on SSIR. By Ming Wong and Philo Alto Pope Francis in his discourse during a two-day impact investing symposium at the Vatican urged governments to “commit themselves to developing an international framework capable of promoting a market of high impact investments, and thus to combating an economy which excludes and discards.” Such a framework to promote impact investing to serve …


Thinking About EB-5 as an Impact Investing Tool

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Original post on ICIC.org By David Wood, Ph.D, Director, Initiative for a Responsible Investment On July 1st the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) co-hosted a meeting with the ICIC to explore the potential role of the EB-5 program to increase economic opportunity in distressed communities. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, a relatively obscure and sometimes controversial program was introduced in 1990 to attract foreign investment …


MaxImpact: Is this the end of the Impact Investing Maverick?

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Original post on MaxImpact Blog. By Marta Maretich, Chief Editor @mmmaretich Impact investing began as a maverick activity. The idea took root among a handful of independent-minded investors and philanthropists who believed that it was possible to increase world prosperity and secure the future of the planet by using market finance mechanisms in innovative ways.  For many, the notion felt groundbreaking. …


How Hong Kong stands to benefit from the London Principles

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By Ming Wong, Asia Community Ventures Asia Community Ventures (“ACV”) launched its latest report, Adopting the London Principles: Policy Considerations to Grow Impact investing in Hong Kong, on July 29, 2014. The launch event brought together over 80 participants representing the city’s leading practitioners and researchers in academia, corporations, foundations, intermediaries, non-profits, social enterprises and government agencies. Report co-authors Ming Wong …


SSIReview: The Next Great Frontier of Impact Investing

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Click here to read the original publication. By: Manuel Lewin & Brian Smith Posted on: 07/29/2014 Shortage. Accessibility. Timing. Donor restrictions. Most, if not all, nonprofits know resource constraints very well, and many are looking for creative ways to overcome them. Could these financially stretched organizations represent the next great frontier of impact investing? Our organizations—Zurich Insurance Group, a global insurance …


The Huffington Post: Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

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Repost from The Huffington Post. Click here for original publication. By: Jean Case Posted: 26/06/2014 It’s a great week for impact investing. At the White House roundtable on impact investing today, corporations, banks, foundations, and individuals including Prudential, Capricorn Investment Group and the Omidiyar Network committed to invest more than $1.5 billion in new capital into companies and funds that strive to …


How do we solve and finance social problems?

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This article appeared on the website of the Forum of Social Innovation Sweden. Click here to see the original post. Published 23 June 2014 by Camilla Backström |  Photo: Kieron Boyle The G8 Social Finance Task Force has been up and running for about a year. Forum for Social Innovation Sweden recently had the opportunity to talk to Kieron Boyle, one …