Author: Amy Bennett

5 Social Impact Lessons from the Front Lines

As he watched the devastating fires in Australia destroy nearly 7,000 square miles of countryside and 3,000 homes last year, Terry Tamminen (above, right) thought of canaries that miners carried into coal mines to determine if carbon monoxide had collected in mine shafts. “Australia was a microcosm, and these fires are a warning that we should […]

Read More

3 Ways American Companies have Joined Forces to Fight The Pandemic

As coronavirus reignites in states across the country, a volunteer business organization is quietly helping companies take bold action to bring the spread of coronavirus under control — marshaling private and public sector resources to solve the immediate and evolving needs of this urgent public health crisis. Stop the Spread was started by Kenneth Chenault, […]

Read More

5 Key Learnings From An Impact Investing Master

Career paths take people on fascinating life journeys. For Kim Wright-Violich (above), the crossroads along her career path have provided opportunities for exciting and meaningful work. Wright-Violich is a Managing Partner at Tideline, an impact investing consulting firm, and a member of the ImpactAssets Board of Directors. Through a mosaic of a career spent in […]

Read More

4 Lessons From an Impact Investor

Wall Street is often the source of inspiration for investment professionals. But Gerhard Pries took a different path. It was on the streets of Calcutta working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity that he found a deeper motivation that has led him to the pinnacle of impact investing. Pries is the Managing Partner of Sarona […]

Read More

Why Smart Aquaculture Makes Sense for Smart Impact Investors

Eat more fish for a healthy diet, but what about raising more fish for a healthy portfolio and planet? That’s the idea behind Aqua-Spark, an investment fund with a focus on sustainable aquaculture businesses around the world. The small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in which it invests “are working across the value-chain toward the production of healthy, […]

Read More

4 Ways To Expand The Impact Of Your Philanthropy

For many, the holidays and new year are an opportunity to open hearts and wallets to support the causes and issues that are most important to them. But what if you could double the impact of your philanthropic giving?  Through smart tax planning and growing opportunities to put philanthropic dollars to work in impact investing, […]

Read More

The Innovator Connecting Impact Investing to The Creative Economy

Laura Callanan is a weaver. As Founder of Upstart Co-Lab, she is intertwining impact investors with the creative economy to strengthen communities and solve global problems. Since 2016, Upstart has been exploring how the $763 billion creative economy in the U.S. can become more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable. By introducing a Creativity Lens, Upstart Co-Lab […]

Read More

Finding Opportunity in a Changing World

As social entrepreneurs continue to push the boundaries of capitalism and seek solutions to the world’s largest problems, Tom Bird offers this advice: “Build your ‘stone, sponge, crispness’ skillset.” Bird elaborates on that skillset in the interview below, but it’s a repertoire that has served him well. From a career in technology to decades on […]

Read More

The Economics of Sustainable and Impact Investing

It’s an obvious point too many impact investing skeptics still miss. Far from simply catering to progressive individuals looking to “invest their values,” environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors provide critical insight into a company’s viability and long-term economic performance. It’s not ancillary analysis, it’s critical fundamentals. If you like this, subscribe here for more stories […]

Read More

Why Women are Key to the Next Wave of Impact Investing

Why aren’t more women and minorities represented in angel and venture capital investing? It’s a vexing question Alicia Robb is addressing. The founder and managing partner of the Next Wave US Impact Fund, an early-stage investing fund focused on bringing more women into angel investing—with a focus on social innovation and impact investing—describes her personal […]

Read More

Farm Grows ‘Organic’ Returns for Impact Investors

It’s tough to find a better example of environmental stewardship and sustainable use than organic farming. Indeed, the responsible growth of food that sustains us is pretty much the ideal picture of what the impact investing ethos is, and aims to be. With only an estimated 1 percent of farmland in the United States certified […]

Read More

Why (And How) Should Successful Investors Make an ‘Impact’

Forget esoteric concepts of “doing good.” If you want to know specifically how impact investing positively affects people, communities, the environment and (of course) returns, look to EcoEnterprises Fund. The fund is one of the first venture funds dedicated to the impact space and can point directly to the number of jobs their investments have […]

Read More

Impact Investing: What Most Entrepreneurs And Executives Get Wrong

What does it take to find success in impact investing? And how are business skill sets and expertise most effectively transferred to this way of doing business? We asked Adam Bendell, someone who’s done both, for specific, actionable steps to help business leaders think through the impact investing process. Bendell, CEO of Toniic, the largest […]

Read More

How to Unleash Capital Market Power for Positive Impact

Here’s a bit of a thought experiment. Austria has an organ donation rate of 90 percent, meaning 90 percent of its citizens donate their organs at time of death, while Germany sees less than 15 percent. Why such a large disparity among neighboring countries? A 2012 study from Stanford University has the answer—the former makes organ […]

Read More

Does Impact Investing Make Sense for High-Net-Worth Portfolios?

It’s far from just talk. Ron Cordes spent the first actions of his career creating “the best business in the world.” In his second, he felt compelled to build the best businesses “for” the world. But it’s not as if the two are mutually exclusive. The disruptive lessons learned from building financial powerhouse AssetMark Investment […]

Read More

Two Critical Ingredients For Successful Impact Investing

“How do we build bridges between talent and opportunity?” It’s a question rhetorically asked and answered by impact investor Ron Cordes, founder of financial powerhouse AssetMark Investment Services, and central to his “second act” career mission, one with the ultimate goal of leveraging capital markets to help solve large-scale societal and environmental challenges.  “I had […]

Read More