Community Development Innovation Review

August 2009
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Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Problems at Scale

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There is not enough charitable and government capital to meet the social and environmental challenges we face. Where, then, will we find the money to complement charity and government to bring solutions to scale? The Rockefeller Foundation launched its Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing initiative in November 2008 because it believes that impact investing can be part of the answer. Imprint Capital was similarly founded in 2007 to help the growing ranks of institutions and high-net-worth individuals create and execute strategies to drive impact with their investments.

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Other articles in this issue

Mission Insurance: How to Structure a Social Enterprise So Its Social and Environmental Goals Survive into the Future

Exploring the Continuum of Social and Financial Returns: When Does a Nonprofit Become a Social Enterprise?

Using High-Transparency Banks to Reconnect Money and Meaning

Increasing Access to Capital: Could Better Measurement of Social and Environmental Outcomes Entice More Institutional Investment Capital into Underserved Communities?

NCIF Social Performance Metrics: Increasing the Flow of Investments in Distressed Neighborhoods through Community Development Banking Institutions

Reject the Reset!

Rethink Charity

Local Stock Exchanges and National Stimulus

At the Crossroads Where Economic Development, Job Creation and Workforce Development Intersect

Value

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