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Wharton Social Impact Initiative report on the financial performance of impact investing

October 20, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Research   |     |   Comments Off on Wharton Social Impact Initiative report on the financial performance of impact investing

On October 8th 2015, as members of the impact investing and social entrepreneurship field gathered for the SOCAP event Wharton Social Impact initiative used the opportunity  to launch their first-ever report on the financial performance of impact investing. The report, titled Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing suggests that investors may not need to expect lesser returns as a tradeoff for social impact. The result of two years rigorous research, the report looks at successful exits from impact investment funds in order to examine the balance between financial returns and mission preservation.

GIIN Report on Scaling Community Development Investments

October 20, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Research   |     |   Comments Off on GIIN Report on Scaling Community Development Investments

On October 19th 2015, The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), released a landscape study of the US Community Impact Investment field. Titled Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface, the report provides insight into the barriers and opportunities to increasing investment. In the United States, investments that seeks to generate financial returns while delivering social benefits marginalized communities while have existed for a decades. The investments are executed through a range of actors including loan funds, banks and credit unions, and other financial institutions. Over 900 such product providers are certified as Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) by the U.S. Treasury. In spite of the wide range of actors involved, the USCI field has not yet managed to scale its potential. The .Scaling U.S. Community Investing report explores why, while providing helpful recommendations for how to engage investors and improving investment products.

BlackRock launches Social Impact fund

October 16, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on BlackRock launches Social Impact fund

In October of 2015, BlackRock, Inc. announced the launch of the BlackRock Social Impact fund. Led by Black Rocks Scientific Active team, the BlackRock Impact Fund consists out of equity securities in companies targeting competitive market returns and aggregate social impact outcomes. The fund arrives at a time when impact investing is gaining traction as investment banks attempt to meet an increasing demand for profitable investments that generate social benefits .A few months prior, Bain capital followed announced the launch of a similar impact fund led by former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. Other major financial firms such as JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, HSB, Citi and UBS have launched similar initiatives, assigning entire units to social impact investing. The development reflect increased belief in the business case for the generation of financial returns alongside social value.

Omidyar releases report on early stage risk capital in emerging market

October 16, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Research   |     |   Comments Off on Omidyar releases report on early stage risk capital in emerging market

On October 7, 2015, Omidyar Network published a report named “Frontier Capital: Early Stage Investing for Financial Returns and Social Impact in Emerging Markets”. The report offers a strategic guide to how investors can achieve financial returns and social impact through early stage risk capital in emerging markets. Drawing from data analysis and interviews with top investors, report highlights investment opportunities while offering insight to which investment opportunities are best for particular portfolios.

Rural Business Investment Company Webinar

October 09, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Rural Business Investment Company Webinar

The Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) is hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, October 15, 2015 3 - 4:15 p.m. ET, inviting participants to get an insiders view of the program. CDVCA member Meritus Ventures was the first ever RBIC and was the only RBIC prior to 2014. Today there are two RBICs (Meritus and Advantage Capital Agricultural Partners, which was licensed in 2014), with two more conditionally approved RBICs (Meritus Kirchner and Innova, both of which were conditionally approved in April 2015) and several more funds in various stages of formation. The RBIC program boosts growth and job creation in rural America by providing capital to innovative small rural businesses. The webinar invites participants to learn how the program works, potential business opportunities and why fund managers commercial banks, and other credit institutions choose to invest in these funds.   Learn more

Pacific Community Ventures Hires New CEO

October 07, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Pacific Community Ventures Hires New CEO

On Tuesday October 6th, Pacific Community Ventures sent out an introductory letter from their new CEO. Mary Jo Cook joins Pacific Joint Ventures from Fair Trade USA. A Mission driven leader with 25 years of experience in strategy development for the non-profit sector, Ms Cook has a track record of enabling organizational change, and driving growth. In her letter, Ms Cook expressed her commitment to empowering small businesses.

Bridges ventures releases investigative report on B corps

October 05, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Bridges ventures releases investigative report on B corps

More than 1400 companies around the world are already certified B corps. This month, as the B Corp movement officially hit the UK, the Bridges Ventures released a paper to provide an investors perspective on the growing movement. Entitled “To B or not to B”, the paper aims to shed light on the opportunities and challenges presented by the B corp movement.

Young firms drive job creation

September 21, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Research   |     |   Comments Off on Young firms drive job creation

On September 14th, the Kauffman Foundation published a report titled “The Importance of Young Firms for Economic Growth",  showing that young and growing companies have accounted for nearly all net new job creation in the economy in the eight years of recovery since the Great Recession. These results mirror past research findings showing that these firms were virtually the exclusive engines of job growth prior to the recession as well. These rapidly-growing companies are precisely the target market of community development venture capital funds, which focus on job-creating growth investments in under-invested urban and rural communities throughout the nation.

Impact investment guide for small foundations

September 16, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Impact investment guide for small foundations

For small staffed foundations, entering the impact investment field presents a unique set of challenges. To address these challenges Arabella advisors put together "Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations". Published on September 9, 2015, the guide offers tools, strategy advice and real world examples. Featuring 21 case studies, the guide maps out best practices to enable small staffed foundations to become skilled impact investors.

Report maps out global opportunities for impact investment

September 16, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Report maps out global opportunities for impact investment

On June 18th 2015, wealth insight published Insight Report: "Impact Investments 2015 - Global Opportunities". By identifying product and service offering by banks in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, the report aims to provide a guide for examining market potential of these regions. Key experts in the field provide insights on current trends and future projections, while highlighting successful strategies for wealth management.