They also build long-lasting partnerships with founders supporting them on the journey and helping them accelerate impact. The Global Good Fund identifies high-potential leaders and accelerates their success through a year-long, virtual Fellowship focused on leadership development.
They support global social entrepreneurs with proven methods, such as executive mentorship, leadership coaching, and access to capital, to accelerate their growth and impact. The Global Good Fund believes investing in leadership development is the best tool for enterprise growth and achieving global good. Since , the signature Global Good Fund Fellowship has developed entrepreneurs who are now accelerating their enterprise growth in 30 countries and beyond.
Over 2, high-potential entrepreneurs from more than countries applied for one of 12 Fellowship positions in The mission of Impact Engine is to bring more capital to a market where financial returns are linked to positive social and environmental impacts. The team manages funds for institutions and individuals that invest in for-profit, positive-impact businesses in private markets, and bring community together in service of building the impact investing field.
New Age Capital is a seed stage venture capital firm and lifestyle company investing in tech and tech-enabled startups founded and led by black and latino entrepreneurs. Their mission and vision is to create and support a world where people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, lifestyles and environments are exposed to new ideas, democratized information and boundless opportunities through the use of technology.
Reach Capital invests in educational startups that strengthen communities. Their portfolio is made up of more than companies. Every team member at Reach sees education as a transformative part of our lives. This deep connection to education has brought them together. The De-Carceration Fund is designed to invest and support highly innovative enterprises that are working to eliminate the suffering caused by the US Criminal Justice System through a radically different fund model that is focused on returning power to those who have had it taken away from them.
This profoundly broken system is marred by racial disparities, extractive business practices, and misaligned incentives. The vast majority of private sector solutions in this sector are driven by misaligned incentives and exploitative business models, however the opportunity exists to find highly innovative and non-extractive private sector business models that address the injustices of mass incarceration.
CNote is an award-winning financial platform that makes it easy to invest with impact. Every dollar you invest with CNote helps fund female and minority-led small businesses, affordable housing development, and financially underserved communities across America. CNote was founded on two core principles. The goal of Ventures is to facilitate this trend by reducing barriers and risk for these founders across the nation.
Over the past several years, Ventures has had the honor of working with over 2, early-stage and growth-stage founders through our formal programs across a multitude of sectors and industries. Better Ventures backs entrepreneurs building a better world. They provide funding and support to early-stage technology companies pursuing social and environmental objectives with high-growth business models. Collab Capital creates a growth solution for Black founders seeking capital, who value profitability, ownership, and optionality.
A key pillar to solving the growing US racial wealth gap is business formation and growth in the Black community. TZP focuses on education, employment, financial inclusion, ethics consumerism and sustainable infrastructure. As an organization, TZP is mindful of the ethical and societal impacts of its investment activities in general and of any proposed investment in particular.
They seek to approach investments, governance, and operations in a manner designed to align their obligations and goals, taking into account their understanding of the communities in which they are involved in. REDF The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund is a venture philanthropy that advises and invests exclusively in social enterprises that employ and empower people overcoming barriers to work.
REDF creates jobs and transforms lives like no other organization in America. They are the leader of a national movement of jobs-focused social enterprises, the successful brand of businesses that invest the money they make into helping their employees get a lasting shot at a better life. FullCycle invests to accelerate the deployment of technologies that address the greenhouse gases with the highest warming potential in the first 20 years of emission GWP FullCycle developed a unique investment model, specifically designed to accelerate the deployment of the climate critical technologies.
These technologies must exceed our threshold for Carbon Return on Investment CROI and deliver above market returns on a risk adjusted basis. A certified B-Corp, Big Path Capital is built with a team of innovative leaders expanding the path for business interests seeking multiple bottom line interests, taking the new economy from the margins to the mainstream, seeing the financial world generate good as it generates returns. As a global firm, Big Path Capital is advancing a sustainable economy connecting mission-driven companies and fund managers with mission-aligned investors.
TRF achieves its mission through investing, housing development as well as data and analytical services. Ellevest is a transformative financial technology company created to help women achieve their financial potential through modern, low-cost investing, with a beautifully designed digital platform backed by a unique investing approach. From a gender-smart investing algorithm for digital-only customers to bespoke portfolios for private wealth clients, Ellevest also provides the option to invest for impact and in other women.
Acumen also works to build a global community of emerging leaders that believe in creating a more inclusive world through financial and operational expertise combined with moral imagination. Fig changes the way people with bad credit experience banking.
They offer emergency loans and financial stability products to get individuals through unpredictable financial challenges. Fig stands behind a commitment to offer financial products to customers in a socially responsible way. Their loans provide customers with the most affordable product when they need it most.
Fig does not look at a traditional credit score when making loan decisions. Instead the company looks at your ability to repay the loan based on account age, income, and existing or previous loans. The aim is to work with entrepreneurs who seek to invent new market categories or transform and disrupt existing ones.
Adobe Capital is a social impact investing fund focused on triple bottom line businesses that drive social and environmental impact with innovative, profitable and scale-able models. They provide financing and strategic support for the development of success cases. Adobe Capital invests in Mexican companies with fewer than 50 employees, with less than 5,, USD in sales and strong growth potential. Larger companies may be analyzed in specific cases.
Adobe Capital seeks investments that generate economic, social and environmental benefits, i. Adobe Capital promotes the growth of the impact investment sector by demonstrating that small investments in social and environmental SGBs can be made in an efficient and profitable manner. The Ecosystem Integrity Fund is focused on identifying promising solutions to key threats to the ecosystem, from the perspective of both investment value and environmental benefit.
The partners have the diverse and complementary skills and backgrounds needed to invest in clean technology enterprises, platforms, projects, and project developers. Together, the partners have expertise in commercial finance, investment evaluation, and research consulting across a wide array of sectors related to clean technology and natural resources. Beyond investment management skills and clean technology expertise, the team has a robust network of venture capitalists, family office investors, public corporations, entrepreneurs, research labs, technology specialists, and consultants that are active in environmental sustainability.
Across the developing world, the rural poor—approximately 75 percent of the 2. Most of these people depend on agriculture as their primary source of income. Without access to capital and viable markets for their crops, millions of small-scale farmers in the developing world are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Root Capital , a nonprofit social investment fund, grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing rural businesses.
Human Ventures is a business creation platform. The firm goes beyond the business model to build and invest in Model Businesses with ambitious founders who are innovating around Human Needs. By unlocking access to a powerful network of founders, investors and corporate partners, Human Ventures is creating a blueprint for the future of business to be built on purpose.
The SDG Impact Fund develops sustainable financial resources to fulfill its mission, and to ensure the continuity of charitable organizations supported by our donors and their families. Vital Capital is a leading social impact investment, private equity fund focused on improving the well-being of underserved sub-Saharan African communities while generating market rate returns for its investors. By systematically utilizing proprietary and industry standard impact metrics, rigorous financial underwriting and ongoing hands-on operational oversight, Vital is demonstrating the achievement of significant and tangible quality of life improvements for large local populations, while on-track for delivering risk-adjusted returns for its investors.
Domini Social Investments is a firm specializing exclusively in social impact investing. They manage mutual funds for individual and institutional investors who wish to integrate social and environmental standards into their investment decisions.
When you invest with Domini, you as a shareholder are making an impact. As a shareholder you will invest in companies that are solving major issues such as global warming, sweatshop labor, and product safety. Revitalizing distressed communities. Bringing new voices to the table. Invest for your future while helping to build a world of peace and justice. Global Partnerships is a nonprofit impact investor whose mission is to expand opportunity for people living in poverty. GP creates opportunity for people living in poverty to earn a living and improve their lives by investing impact-led capital in social enterprises that bring sustainable opportunity to millions.
To date their work has impacted over 4. Their mission is to achieve human dignity in developing countries by promoting individual and collective economic activities. Alterfin aims to link people in the North willing to invest their money in a sensible way to organizations in the South that extend credit to local entrepreneurs and farmers who can use such a loan to build a better future. The U. The Bridge Fund helps save the lives of vulnerable children by reaching them when every minute counts, buys time to secure better pricing and ensures a continuous supply of safe commodities from reliable manufacturers.
One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. They supply a complete service bundle of seeds and fertilizer, financing, training, and market facilitation—and deliver these services within walking distance of the , rural farmers they serve.
The Media Development Investment Fund invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. Timely, accurate, relevant information is critical to free societies, enabling fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual. Etsy is an online marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods.
The company serves more than forty countries, through over ten thousand retail outlets, ten field offices, and four regional hubs. The company employs more than one hundred people directly, and indirectly employs hundreds more worldwide. Riders for Health is an international nonprofit organization that provides health care to rural African villages using motorcycles and motorcycle ambulances.
As of January , Riders has improved health care access for twelve million people across Africa. The nonprofit does this by ensuring that health workers and health facilities have access to reliable vehicles to carry out their work effectively. For example, Riders helped increase the proportion of fully immunized infants in the Gambia 62 percent pre-Riders, 73 percent post-Riders , and decrease malaria deaths in Zimbabwe 21 percent decline in the region served by motorcycles and supported by Riders, compared with a 44 percent increase in a neighboring region.
The nonprofit is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates in seven African countries — the Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — employing three hundred people. Riders operates a nonprofit vehicle-leasing model in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, which provided a loan guarantee enabling the Ministry of Health in the Gambia to reach the entire population of 1.
Evergreen Cooperatives is an integrated network of for-profit cooperatives operating green businesses in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Consulting and Investment Advisory firms — Social Finance. Social Finance was established in with the goal of building a social investment market in the United Kingdom. The firm offers a range of investment advisory and consulting services, from developing and managing social impact bonds and other financial instruments to providing advice to social enterprises seeking investment capital or procurement opportunities.
CASE at Duke was already one of the pioneering programs providing education for the growing field of social entrepreneurship through a robust MBA program connecting business skills to social impact, when, in , it launched the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing. CASE i3 aims to increase the awareness and effectiveness of social finance to catalyze new capital, talent, and initiatives dedicated to tackling social and environmental problems, and is led by one of us [Cathy].
Capacity development providers — REDF. REDF provides grants to a select portfolio of entrepreneurial nonprofits with revenue-generating and job-creating business units; along with that capital, REDF offers extensive business supports and mentorship.
Nongovernmental organizations — Indian Impact Investor Council. The IIIC will develop a set of standards to which all of its members must adhere; the standards will address, among other topics, which sectors qualify for impact investments and how to measure returns.
There have been many commendable efforts to describe the activity on which all of these and other actors are focused. Focusing on the nonprofit grantees and for-profit investees working on the ground to deliver the social outcomes impact investors are seeking, ON describes three key categories of players:. Some will scale; others will not be capable of doing so alone.
They refine and enhance the generic model and are capable of scaling individually. All rights reserved. This book is available at all bookstores and online booksellers. B the Change gathers and shares the voices from within the movement of people using business as a force for good and the community of certified B Corporations. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the nonprofit B Lab. To inform and inspire people who have a passion for using business as a force for good in the world.
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