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Sep
28
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:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/29/your-money/measuring-the-impact-of-impact-investing-wealth-matters.html

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.

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Sep
5
2012

“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”?...
Sep
2
2012

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....
Aug
14
2012

Late Afternoon Thoughts on Crowdfunding

Plowing through the detritus of another hectic work week, I came across an article that a good friend sent me regarding “crowdfunding”… one of the hottest, and most controversial, subjects to emerge in the world of capital formation since… well, since the beginning of securities markets....
Jul
12
2012

i3 - Yet another Impact Investing blog site?

Question of the day: Why are we bothering with (yet another) blog about impact investing?

I recently returned from Correlation Consulting's Take Action! During the conference, two points were made that resonated. First, Georgette Wong's landmark research on large foundations and wealthy families seeking to deploy impact capital, revealed that there is a lot of money looking for opportunities. Second, that there are a lot of entrepreneurs and fund managers seeking capital. Yet the first group bewails the lack of quality investments, and the latter group moans about the dearth of investors who “get it”.

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