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What If We Paid for Outcomes? | Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid
Imagine if you could bring private sector resources and skills to social projects. Impact Bonds (IBs) are an innovative Results-Based Financing (RBF) mechanism that tie financial returns and payments to specific results incentivizing investors and service providers.
philanthropy  impact_investing 
april 2019 by MF_reads
Impact Investing Struggles to Gain Traction Despite the Hype - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Here, a word or two about terminology is in order. What we’re calling impact investing goes by many names at foundations: mission-related investing (Ford), mission-driven investing (Kellogg), mission-aligned investing (Rockefeller Brothers Fund), social investing (Kresge), or simply impact investing (F.B. Heron, Russell Family Foundation). Those grant makers have chosen to invest their endowments to do good in the world, and that’s what this article is about. They are driven by the belief that impact investments can deliver direct, measurable results — jobs or housing units created, tons of carbon emissions averted — in the short run and that, over time, they can also help reshape the capital markets to do less harm and create more benefit for society.
philanthropy  impact_investing 
january 2019 by MF_reads
Family offices are in a talent grab for young impact investors
OCTOBER 15, 2018 | Financial Times | Madison Darbyshire.

While the number of family offices managing assets at this scale is small — assets under management of a family office average about £300m, says Heather Jablow, head of global private client practice at Cambridge Associates — the trend of family offices turning to impact investing is growing — and quickly.

Some $22.89tn in assets were held globally in socially responsible investments as of 2016, up 25 per cent from 2014, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. Many family offices see impact investments, such as environmental funds and fossil fuel alternatives, as logical, smart investments for the future.

“If it were just about values, it wouldn’t have the legs that it has,” says John Goldstein, a managing director with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who focuses on impact.

As impact investing becomes a priority for younger generations, family offices are becoming a more desirable destination for recent graduates looking to work in finance. Deserved or not, “it’s almost like family offices have this kind of halo now because they’re doing sexy things with their capital”,......Sometimes family offices hit upon an investment strategy that is so successful that they look to create funds around that strategy. Take the Wimmer family office, for example, which takes a three-pronged approach to investing. Its investments include property, SME lending, exchange traded-funds and investing in external hedge funds to yield what it calls an attractive return for its level of risk.
family_office  halo_effects  high-impact  impact_investing  mission-driven  social_impact  talent 
october 2018 by jerryking
When a $1,000 Gift Is Better Than $1 Million - The New York Times
By Paul Sullivan
Aug. 17, 2018

Smaller, local gifts are part of a trend of philanthropists narrowing their focus so they can feel like their donations matter, said David Callahan, founder and editor of Insider Philanthropy and the author of “The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age.”

“In this age of big philanthropy, when so many billionaires and foundations are active, donors at a more modest level can feel like their money might not count as much when directed to issues like climate change or global development,” Mr. Callahan said.

“Even if you have a $100,000 a year to give, it can feel like a drop in the bucket compared to what Bill Gates or Mike Bloomberg is giving,” he added. “But that kind of money can have a big impact if you’re giving to local food pantries or schools.”.....The KentPresents festival, in its fourth year this weekend, attracts Nobel laureates, secretaries of state, academics, artists and journalists discussing topics as varied as global affairs and visual arts. The festival is the brainchild of Benjamin M. Rosen, a venture capitalist in the 1980s and ’90s and former chairman of Compaq, and his wife, Donna.......modeled the event on the Aspen Ideas Festival, an annual gathering of intellectual luminaries in the Colorado ski town, but he said he wanted to distribute the money the festival raised to small, little-known nonprofit organizations.
books  high_net_worth  philanthropy  bite-sized  impact_investing 
august 2018 by jerryking

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