Archive - September 2012


Measuring Philanthropic Impact... or Impact Investing?

A New York Times article this morning explored the increasing trend among philanthropists to measure the impact of the money they give away:

Although the author does a commendable job of highlighting some of the nuanced issues that surround the very difficult notion of giving money away effectively, he then tries to bridge this notion to the broader world of impact investing. In short, I think he missed the mark.


“An Investment Must Be Profitable For It To Have Impact.” (Discuss.)

We must remind ourselves, particularly in the midst of extremely compelling pitches, that we are investors, not philanthropists (some of us may be both, but to those special few I tip my hat). After all - as we have long argued - if a company is not profitable it is not sustainable. And if it is not sustainable, it cannot have long-term impact. And if it cannot have long-term impact… why are we labeling it an “impact investment”?...

Parsing Prepositions: part I in a multiple-post series on pursuing Impact in public markets

The idea of pursuing Impact via public markets is compelling. Liquid, efficient, accessible and relatively cost-effective, the public markets offer low-hurdle, low-friction access almost anyone who has an itch to express a specific investment theme in their portfolio....

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