Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Advancing Social Impact Investments through Measurement

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco held a conference on Advancing Social Impact Investments through Measurement: New Capital for Community Development on March 21, 2011 in Washington, DC.

This conference explored the following questions:

  • How do we measure impact when investments cover a wide range of issues?
  • How do we define impact and develop tools to track it?
  • What role can government play to support measurement standards?

In her keynote address, director of the White House Office of Social Innovation Sonal Shah observed that, “As we look around at what’s going on in the world around us we see why [impact investing] is critical. It’s not just about the nonprofit or for-profit worlds, but really thinking of where the merging of those two is coming together and thinking about impact investing as the space between them.”

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