Articles by Lisa Hall
Impact investing arrived on the world stage last week, heralded as a transformative tool with the potential to reshape global capital markets in the years to come. Impact investing, very simply defined, is investing which generates both a social and financial return. The forum was sponsored by the UK government, conceived of by the Big Society Capital Chairman Sir Ronald Cohen and attended by impact investment professionals from across the globe with delegates representing all of the G8 nations.
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Last year, in partnership with several organizations, we identified a $650 billion market opportunity for financial advisors and investors to invest for impact in a research study entitled Gateways to Impact. Impact investing presents an opportunity to build a financial future for low-income communities that is far less reliant on variable funding sources.
Impact investing is undoubtedly an idea whose time has come. As budgets of philanthropies and governments have shrunk, investment capital has come to be recognized as a tool that can address some of the world’s most pressing problems. An independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, Calvert Foundation has been a quiet but constant presence in the impact investing sector for the past 16 years, helping to lay the groundwork for this field and creating opportunities for others to explore and grow.