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Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

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In this issue brief, the Center for American Progress’s Economic Policy Team and Poverty to Prosperity Program outline five policy strategies for improving economic and social conditions for struggling urban populations. Photo by Ken Fager: Uptown Construction  

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WSJ Voices: Lisa Woll, on the Rise of Social-Impact Investing

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Original post on Wall Street Journal Voices is an occasional column that allows wealth managers to address issues of interest to the advisory community. Lisa Woll is chief executive of US SIF: The Forum For Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Washington, D.C. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) is on the rise. Concerned about issues like climate change and the …

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FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Initiative to Scale Up Investment in Clean Energy Innovation

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Original post on WhiteHouse.gov President Obama is committed to addressing the impacts of climate change to protect future generations. As part of that effort, today, the Administration is launching a Clean Energy Investment Initiative and announcing a goal to catalyze $2 billion of expanded private sector investment in solutions to climate change, including innovative technologies with breakthrough potential to reduce …

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Australian state of NSW launches pioneering Social Impact Investment Policy

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Original post on NSW.gov.au Traditional approaches are not solving our most pressing social challenges. Social impact investment offers an opportunity to bring together capital and expertise from the public, private and non-profit sectors to deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW. On 4 February 2015, the NSW Government released its Social Impact Investment Policy. The policy builds on the success …

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Invest Northwest Report By IIPC Co-Convener Featured On Mission Café

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Original post on MissionInvestorsExchange.org Case Study Helps Northwest Area Foundation Improve Mission Investment Strategy A comprehensive case study of Invest Northwest, an equity fund that targeted job creation and quality in an 8-state region, has pinpointed areas for improvement that can help the Northwest Area Foundation and other mission investors going forward. Amy Jensen, Northwest Area Foundation investment director, and …

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A New National Imperative: Promoting Economic Mobility In The U.S. Through Quality Job Creation

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Original post on PacificCommunityVentures.org By Brenna McCallick and Tonu Basu, Pacific Community Ventures Last week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address and spoke at length about the growing income inequality in the United States. The availability of jobs was a prominent theme; the hour-long speech included over 25 mentions of jobs, wages or worker benefits. The President cited …

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Impact Investment Fund Grows Threefold

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Original post on SBA.gov Tuesday, January 27, 2015 WASHINGTON–The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Impact Investment Fund of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program has tripled in the last 12 months. “Capital investment in some sectors, geographies and industries is still lower than you would expect and like. Through the Impact Investment Fund, we’ve sent …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …