Category: Research

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

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…

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GIIN Report on Scaling Community Development Investments

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…

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Omidyar releases report on early stage risk capital in emerging market

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…

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Young firms drive job creation

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…

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Small Impact Investment Funds Outperform Conventional Funds of the Same Size

Small Impact Investment Funds Outperform Conventional Funds of the Same Size

On June 25, 2015, Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) published a report titled “Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark.” This report contains findings from the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of market rate private equity and venture capital impact investing funds. At launch, participants of this Impact Investing Benchmark comprised…

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State Budgets Overcome Deficits through Major Cuts, But Have No Plans for Reinvestment?

State Budgets Overcome Deficits through Major Cuts, But Have No Plans for Reinvestment?

A National Public Radio Broadcast by Greg Allen highlights the bait-and-switch technique of massive budget cuts used only for further tax cuts (Michigan, Ohio), though some states (e.g. Florida) with upcoming gubernatorial elections plan politically strategic investments. Paul Beck, a professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State University, says that meant less money for…

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Community Development Investment Review Highlights New Social Impact Bonds – “Pay for Success”

Community Development Investment Review Highlights New Social Impact Bonds – “Pay for Success”

Social Impact Bonds (Pay for Success) offer an attractive alternative to the status quo of paying for programs instead of results. Despite our best efforts, the poverty rate today is roughly what it was when the War on Poverty began in 1964. We are winning important battles but losing the war. A new social policy paradigm…

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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Releases Brief on Effect of Recession on Low-Income Individuals

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Releases Brief on Effect of Recession on Low-Income Individuals

Taking a closer look at household balance sheets before and after the recession, Emmons and Noeth find that younger, minority and less‐educated families suffered the largest wealth losses during the economic crisis. They use data from the Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) and find that these households held a large amount of…

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SBA Innovation Chief Sean Greene becomes Entrepreneur in Residence at the Case Foundation

SBA Innovation Chief Sean Greene becomes Entrepreneur in Residence at the Case Foundation

The Case Foundation announced today that Sean Greene has joined the organization as Entrepreneur in Residence. Having spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and investor, Mr. Greene most recently served as Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). At the SBA, Mr. Greene was…

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