Today the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (NAB) named Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, as the new Chair, joining the leadership team that includes Matt Bannick, Managing Partner at Omidyar Network, and Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance US. The NAB aims to catalyze the development of the impact investment market. "As a society we are facing enormous challenges and through impact investing we can create sustainable, scalable solutions for the public good. Impact investing is a win-win, generating beneficial social or environmental impacts alongside financial returns, "said Walker. "I am honored to take up this position at such an exciting time for impact investing and the NAB." With Darren as Chair, the NAB will continue to shape policy, to evolve alongside the challenges and opportunities of the impact investing sector, and to guide the impact investing community towards a collaborative and successful future. Click here to read more.
New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) gets one year extension with $3.5 billion in annual credit authority provided for 2014 as a part of the one-year retroactive tax extender bill. The NMTC had expired at the end of 2013 and passage of this bill would allow the CDFI Fund to consider pending NMTC applications for 2014.
CDFI Fund programs received $230.5 million in appropriations as President Obama signed into law the FY 2015 Omnibus spending bill. The CDFI Fund programs appropriation has $152.4 million set aside for Financial and technical Assistance grants and $22 million for the Healthy Foods Financing Initiative. Remarkably, the bill waives the match requirement for FY '15 FA awards made to small and/or emerging CDFIs or Native CDFIs and both the match and the three-year grant cap are waived for HFFI applicants. This has been the largest appropriation for the CDFI Fund in five years.
Optoro Inc., a cloud-based technology company that enables retailers and manufacturers to increase their revenue from returned and excess inventory, today announced that it has closed a $50 million Series C funding. The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) joined by Generation Investment Management (Generation) with participation from existing investors Revolution Growth, Grotech Ventures and SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. KPCB Partner Daniel Oros will join the board. Optoro Inc. is a portfolio company of SJF Ventures II, an investee fund of CDVCA's Central Fund Fund-of-Funds portfolio. For more information please click here (Business Wire).
NewBank, a portfolio investment of East Coast Capital Holdings, a CDVCA member investment fund, received the FY 2014 Pinnacle Award by the Small Business Administration for making the most '7a/504' loans.