Impact Investing is a type of investment that seeks to generate both financial return and social or environmental impact. Impact investments are made in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating positive, measurable impact alongside a financial return.
There is growing evidence that impact investments can be impactful and generate financial returns.
The impact investing market is still relatively small, but it is growing rapidly. In 2017, impact investing was estimated to be a $228 billion market.
This is expected to grow to $1 trillion by 2025.
The growth of impact investing has been driven by increasing interest from individuals, institutions, and governments.
There are a number of different ways to measure impact. The most common approach is to use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.
The SDGs provide a comprehensive and globally-agreed upon set of targets for sustainable development. Many impact investors measure their impact against one or more of the SDGs.
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Impact Investing Examples
- Renewable Energy: Investing in renewable energy projects, such as solar or wind farms, to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change.
- Affordable Housing: Investing in affordable housing initiatives to address housing shortages and improve access to safe and affordable homes for low-income individuals and families.
- Microfinance: Providing capital to microfinance institutions that offer financial services, such as small loans and savings accounts, to empower entrepreneurs and individuals in underserved communities.
- Regenerative Agriculture: Supporting regenerative farming practices and agricultural technologies to enhance food security, promote organic farming, and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.
- Education: Investing in education-focused initiatives, such as schools, vocational training programs, or educational technology platforms, to improve access to quality education and skill development, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
- Impact Bonds: Investing in social impact bonds, also known as pay-for-success bonds, which fund social programs aiming to achieve specific social outcomes. Investors receive returns based on the success of the program in achieving predetermined objectives.
- Healthcare: Investing in healthcare startups and companies or healthcare infrastructure projects to improve access to quality healthcare services, particularly in underserved regions or low-income communities.
- Clean Technology: Investing in companies developing innovative clean technologies and solutions for energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, and pollution reduction.
- Social Enterprises: Investing in businesses that have a primary social or environmental mission, such as fair trade enterprises, sustainable fashion brands, or organizations providing employment opportunities to marginalized communities.
- Impact Funds: Investing in specialized impact funds that pool capital from multiple investors to finance a diverse portfolio of impact-focused companies and projects across various sectors.
The Future of Impact Investing
As Millennials start to gain more and more equity in the markets this is an absolute sector that will continue to grow. 90% of Millennials would switch brands to one associated with a cause, so why wouldn’t Millennials switch to investments with these same values as well. With these numbers social impact investing is poised to be a huge trend.
Below are financial ventures changing the world through social impact investing. Whether they are investing in organic farmland, fintech, innovative entrepreneurs, or sustainable energy, these companies, entrepreneurs and organizations are using their funds to create a better, more sustainable world.
Founded in 2014, Generate, as a Public Benefit Corporation, focuses on building, financing, owning, and operating sustainable infrastructure.
Its primary goal is to provide affordable and dependable resource solutions for companies, governments, and communities.
Generate serves as a comprehensive resource for technology and project developers who are at the forefront of the Infrastructure Revolution. The company offers tailored funding and support to assist in bringing projects to fruition.
They have established partnerships with more than 40 technology and project developers and possess a global portfolio of over 2,000 assets spanning various sectors, including clean energy, transportation, waste, and water.
Through their innovative Infrastructure-as-a-Service model, Generate caters to a diverse clientele, encompassing over 2,000 customers, ranging from companies and communities to school districts and universities.
regenr8 invests in purpose-driven founders building highly-scalable startup companies addressing global challenges with advanced technologies that fit under four core themes.
Energy & the Environment
- Climate Action (CO2 / MH4 reduction)
- Renewable Energy & Green Hydrogen
- Energy Transition & Storage
Food & Water
- Regenerative Agriculture. & Vertical Farming
- Plant based & Cellular Food
- Water Conservation
- Thriving, Land & Oceans
Circularity & Zero Waste
- Consumer Circularity
- Fashion for Good
- Responsible Production & Consumption
- Clean Industry & Infrastructure
- Gender Equality
- Financial Inclusion
- Mental Wellbeing
- Disability Inclusion
Astanor is an impact investor, delivering financial, social and environmental returns in equal measure. We believe in the future of an agrifood system that provides affordable nutrients for 10 billion people, preserves and regenerates natural resources, actively contributes to decarbonization and protects land and ocean biodiversity.
Astanor is driven by a pressing urgency to combat climate change, biodiversity loss and improve the health of humanity and the planet.
Sustainability and impact were part of the firm’s founding principles and remain an area they are committed to excel in. The mission as impact investors is to find, support and scale the most disruptive, impactful solutions to accelerate progress towards global sustainability targets.
Since its inception in 2014, Rubio Impact Ventures has been one of the first and largest impact funds in Europe, with currently EUR 150 million AuM across Fund I and II.
They have the highest Phenix Impact GEMS Score thanks to their unique and strict procedure to set and trace impact targets, their independent Impact Advisory Board and 100% impact linked carry structure.
Every year, Rubio publishes an impact report showing the social and environmental value they are creating with portfolio companies.
Chainforest is a community-native VC firm that writes the first check for web3 founders building highly disruptive businesses.
Chainforest leads the first round of investment (pre-seed / seed) for a web3 founder with a $250-750k commitment.
They focus on founders with world-bending ambitions to disrupt the world’s largest markets of spend and attention. In web3, they anticipate that community native investing organizations will outperform traditional VC firms.
All founders benefit from the support of the Chainforest DAO, which is incentivized by the $RAINDROP token (backed by carry in the fund) to participate in the investing process.
Founders have received support from the community in a multitude of ways: leveraging deep conversation to understand new web3 models and markets, participating in the Conscious Leadership Group coaching forums, and sourcing their co-founders, early employees, and alpha testers.
Mercy Corps Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on investing in and promoting venture-led solutions to enhance the resilience of underserved communities and individuals.
Since its establishment in 2015 as the impact investing arm of Mercy Corps, the firm has facilitated the scaling up of 43 early-stage ventures, helping them raise over $396.7 million in follow-on capital.
The firm’s portfolio concentrates on solutions in adaptive agriculture and food systems, inclusive fintech services, and climate-smart systems and tech infrastructure.
Its goal is to enable those living in frontier markets to withstand disruption and plan for the future by catalyzing the ecosystem towards smarter and more impactful investments.
Fresh Ventures is a venture building program and startup studio based in The Netherlands. They co-found companies with experienced professionals and entrepreneurs to address systemic challenges in the food system.
Are you motivated to transform the food system? And looking for ways to put your talent and time to work? Join Fresh Ventures, find a co-founder and start building solutions with a systemic impact. You will have the opportunity to meet an exceptional, complementary co-founder that is equally passionate and mission driven.
You’ll be submerged in the challenges, opportunities and key players within the regenerative food system. At the end, investable ventures will be introduced to core-investors and invited in the Fresh Ventures studio to accelerate the venture and your impact.
Social Impact Capital is a research-driven venture capital firm supporting founders building world-changing companies. They are early investors in the “best ideas in impact” and help mission-driven founders until their companies are attractive to top-tier VCs. Across two funds, they have a 87% rate of follow-on investment by top-tier firms and 100% follow-on rate overall.
The Good Fashion Fund (GFF) is the first investment fund focused solely on driving the implementation of innovative solutions in the fashion industry.
Currently, apparel supply chains are plagued by negative environmental and social impacts. While sustainable solutions exist today, there is a lack of capital available to scale these technologies within the supply chain.
The Fund was created to address this gap – connecting the most promising technologies to the industry, to collaboratively tackle its challenges.
The Good Fashion Fund invests in the adoption of high impact and disruptive technologies and circular innovations in the textile & apparel production industry in Asia (India, Bangladesh, Vietnam).
We help manufacturers and operators to implement these technologies, to significantly improve the positive impact of apparel manufacturing.
This means the use of recyclable and safe materials, clean and less energy, closed-loop manufacturing and the creation of fair jobs and growth.
The Beacon Fund
Despite gender bias and limited access to investor networks, the inadequate funding received by women-owned businesses cannot be solely attributed to these factors. The team behind the Investing in Women Fund gained insights by investing in 14 women-owned companies over the past three years.
They discovered that these businesses have diverse profiles and ambitions, with many exceptional entrepreneurs not necessarily seeking an exit strategy.
The current financing options in the market primarily revolve around venture capital and private equity, focusing on high-growth companies and binary outcomes.
In 2019, private equity and venture capital funds invested around $8 billion in Southeast Asia, with a focus on companies with “explosive” growth potential but often following cash-incinerating business models.
To address this issue, the Beacon Fund was established to shed light on alternative models of entrepreneurial and investing success. Instead of expecting women-owned businesses to conform to the existing system, they aim to transform the system to better cater to the needs of female entrepreneurs.
Their focus lies in supporting moderate growth companies that often face neglect from traditional venture capital and private equity firms. These small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), sometimes dismissed as “lifestyle” or “micro-businesses,” have been found to be profitable, have positive cash flow, and grow at healthy rates.
Challenges in securing external funding, including gender bias and limited access to collateral, have led women to gravitate towards businesses with strong unit economics, allowing profits to fuel organic growth.
The Beacon Fund is committed to bringing about change in finance for women-owned businesses. They believe in treating entrepreneurs with respect, fostering transparency in the fundraising process, and transforming it into a positive and empowering experience.
Their long-term commitment involves focusing on debt products that align with the moderate growth and positive cash flow characteristics of their target businesses.
They have moved away from the conventional venture capital fund structure, which mandates fixed exit timelines, and adopted an evergreen structure to better suit the time horizon and financing requirements of their portfolio companies.
Ultimately, their mission is to be an investment firm that effectively serves women by remaining adaptable and continuously iterating on their approach.
The Citizen Mint platform connects investors with private market opportunities that aim for both impact and financial return. It could be the building of a solar panel farm, new affordable housing, or funding a community health center. Each project is different and a direct investment in change for the better.
Recognizing the lack of access most investors have to private market impact investments – Citizen Mint was founded and built on accessibility and impact. The team handpicks and deeply researches each investment for both positive impact and financial return.
Obvious Ventures was founded on a simple belief that the most valuable companies of our time will be the ones solving humanity’s biggest problems. The funds purpose is to support the world positive entrepreneurs building these disruptive solutions.
Ultimately, they see profit and purpose as a virtuous circle. In the right combination they form a flywheel that will deliver enormous financial returns while transforming capitalism in a world positive way.
Responsibly is a Pre-Seed VC Impact Fund that stands behind its Founders, promoting the optionality needed to reach venture scale, while reducing impact-risk, being Founder friendly, with support from our networks.
The emergence of new forms of Social and Sustainable Tech will disrupt society in a good way. The fund actively seeks to discover exciting visions, steered by remarkable teams gearing toward Venture Scale Positive Impacts.
They actively promote all forms of positive impact as a value driver–e.g., diversity, empathy, social responsibility, ethics, customer love, humane actions, a focus on both people & planet, and away from obvious vice.
They believe that Sustainability must be open to adaptation, and the fund seeks opportunities with multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) factors per deal, as a guidepost in the decision making process.
Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, the Netherlands that makes investments in sustainable aquaculture businesses that generate investment returns, while creating positive social and environmental impact.
The fund invests in small to medium enterprises that are working towards the production of safe, accessible aquatic life, such as fish, shellfish and plants, in a way that does not harm the health of the planet
Aqua-Spark believes that committing to a long-term vision is the way to realize effective and lasting impact results.
When it comes to investments, they do not seek quick exits; instead, they look for entrepreneurs who strive to build and scale toward the future, who see their business as major economic opportunities that can also help solve looming environmental and food security challenges over the long-term.
New Profit is a venture philanthropy organization that backs breakthrough social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America.
New Profit was founded in 1998 to help catalyze the nascent social entrepreneurship movement.
Since then, they have backed and partnered with more than 150 social entrepreneurs who created powerful ideas, tools, organizations, and movements to turn the tide on entrenched social problems, advancing opportunity for millions of underserved people and communities.
Tin Shed Ventures™ is Patagonia’s corporate venture capital fund, which we use to invest in environmentally and socially responsible start-up companies. It takes its name from the blacksmith shop where Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard forged pitons, and then made removable hardware that enabled a clean-climbing revolution.
That Tin Shed in Ventura, California, still stands alongside our corporate headquarters, as Tin Shed Ventures funds the next generation of responsible businesses.
HEED Capital is an impact venture fund normalizing sustainable innovations. They help mission-driven founders across the globe transform the world’s biggest challenges into the world’s biggest business opportunities. 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 2013, the signature Global Good Fund Fellowship has developed 105 entrepreneurs who are now accelerating their enterprise growth in 30 countries and beyond. Over 2,400 high-potential entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries applied for one of 12 Fellowship positions in 2018.
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.
PurposeTech is a pre-seed fund that provides support to purpose-driven technology startups in the CEE region. The organization empowers purpose-driven founders by acting as their initial investor and a highly regarded partner throughout their quest to make a positive impact on the world.
The inception of PurposeTech came about through the collaboration of Zdenek Fred Fous and David Kovalsky, both accomplished serial entrepreneurs, alongside the Impact Hub. The Impact Hub, a global network dedicated to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and creators driven by making a difference, played a significant role in the co-founding of PurposeTech.
Reach Capital invests in educational startups that strengthen communities. Their portfolio is made up of more than companies. Itʼs made up of people bold enough to build something for the betterment of others, the ideas big enough to change the way we learn, and the imagination, commitment and audacity to challenge the status quo.
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.
The US Criminal Justice System directly impacts 6.6 million people, at a direct cost of more than $80 Billion per year. 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.
The fund will invest in ventures that are working to Prevent Entry, Reduce Suffering, and End the Cycle.
Through a one-pocket approach, Access Ventures’ investments are centered around the belief that the economy represents not just an engine for industry, but an opportunity to demonstrate the inalienable dignity of all people and a system that prioritizes people will be more inclusive and creative.
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.
In the last year, CNote’s members invested millions into local communities, creating and/or maintaining over 1,400 jobs.
CNote was founded on two core principles. That financial products should not just serve a wealthy few, and that financial prosperity doesn’t have to be a zero sum game; you can make money and do good at the same time.
1863 Ventures accelerates black and brown entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth, through rigorous leadership training and strategic market access.
The thesis is that entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly viable pathway for the New Majority to build wealth. The goal of 1863 Ventures is to facilitate this trend by reducing barriers and risk for these founders across the nation.
Over the past several years, 1863 Ventures has had the honor of working with over 2,500 early-stage and growth-stage founders through our formal programs across a multitude of sectors and industries.
With a membership representing nearly $300M and several thousand jobs, 1863 is fortunate to have crossed paths with some of the best and brightest founders in the nation.
Future Planet Capital
Future Planet Capital is the global impact-led venture capital firm built to back growth companies from the world’s top universities and research ecosystems.
They were an early adopter in the impact space, launching our first fund as the SDGs were agreed. They are now one of the largest impact-VC groups in Europe, managing $400m for institutional investors, governments, and families.
Future Planet Capital focuses on Seed to Series B stage tech and life science companies from the world’s top universities and research ecosystems, where impact and innovation go hand in.
The team has invested in over 300 companies, with 60 profitable exits to date and manage an active portfolio of breakthrough technology businesses solving global challenges in Climate, Health, Education, Sustainable Growth and Security.
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.
Better Ventures typically invests $100-250k at the seed stage, get actively involved with the founders to help them build successful companies, and provide larger follow-on investments through Series A and beyond.
Collab Capital is a $50mm fund that helps Black founders build sustainable businesses. 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.
In order to ensure more Black founded businesses have the resources they need to be successful, the ability to maintain majority ownership, and increase revenue, we’ve designed a new investment model which aligns our interests with those of the founders we support
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 (GWP20).
These high-impact climate pollutants (CH4, HFC, N2O, etc) make up 24% of atmospheric greenhouse gases, while being responsible for close to 50% of global warming.
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-20) 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.
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) is a national leader in rebuilding America’s distressed towns and cities, through the innovative use of capital and information. TRF achieves its mission through investing, housing development as well as data and analytical services.
TRF’s investing activity creates affordable homes, quality educational opportunities, access to healthcare and healthy food, jobs and thriving businesses in neighborhoods that need them most.
TRF’s housing development activity is concentrated in distressed markets, where TRF uses a “build from strength” strategy that reinforces local assets to create healthy communities.
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.
Ellevest is for those who believe that because women generally have longer lifespans and are typically paid less than men, the old approaches haven’t worked for everyone — and that when women thrive, everyone is better off.
Ellevest is led by Sallie Krawcheck, called the “Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune Magazine, and was named one of NerdWallet’s Best Robo-Advisors in 2019 and 2018.
Acumen’s mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. They raise charitable donations to invest patient capital in business models that deliver critical goods and services to the world’s poor.
Since 2001, Acumen has globally invested more than $83 million in 73 companies. 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. Figs fees are designed only to cover the costs of serving the Fig Loan — that’s it.
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.
Dreamlabs is a $50 million fund established to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that positively impact the lives of people. The aim is to work with entrepreneurs who seek to invent new market categories or transform and disrupt existing ones.
The main focus is to invest in entrepreneurs with ideas that will generate both strong social & financial returns.
Deetken Impact is a Canadian impact asset manager with an AUM of over US$150 million in five impact investment funds focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Through a strategic equity investment Adobe Capital is now part of the Deetken Impact platform.
Visit our new website to learn more about the investment strategy of Deetken Impact Alternative Finance, the funds we manage and the impact we are generating.
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.
Additionally, the leadership of Ecosystem Integrity Management bring senior-level operating experience to the management of the Fund’s portfolio investments.
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 2.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day— are marginalized from the formal economy.
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.
Root Capital’s lending is directed towards businesses that are too big for microfinance, but generally unable to secure credit from conventional commercial banks – “the missing middle” of developing-world finance.
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.
The SDGIF develops and manages endowments, planned giving, private-label DAFs, and donor advised philanthropic funds.
The grants are provided for innovative programs, domestic/international development, domestic and foreign crisis, and securing the operational activities of charitable organizations for generations to come.
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.
Since the inception of its 1st fund (US$350M) in 2011, Vital has been demonstrating its No Trade-Off approach, by investing at-scale in the most impactful sectors across sub-Saharan Africa such as affordable housing, healthcare, water, agriculture and renewable energy.
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. Redefining corporate America’s bottom line. 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.
Since inception, GP has invested $190 million in 89 partners across 14 countries. To date their work has impacted over 4.1 million lives.
Alterfin’s shareholders consist of non-governmental development organisations, banks and over 5.000 individuals. Alterfin inests in microfinance institutions, producers’ organisations and SMEs involved in smallholder agriculture in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
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.
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 400,000 rural farmers they serve. One Acre Fund began in East Africa, and now currently serves farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
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. The MDIF has investments in more than 100 media companies in 38 countries.
They have provided more than $134 million in financing, including $117 million in debt and equity investments. MDIF has received $63 million in recovered principal, earning almost $40 million in interest, dividends and capital gains, and returned $28 million to investors.
Bamboo Capital Partners is an impact investing platform which provides innovative financing solutions to businesses in emerging markets serving the needs of low- and middle income populations, thus catalyzing lasting impact.
They bridge the gap between seed and growth stage funding through a full suite of finance options – from debt to equity – which we activate unilaterally or through strategic partnerships.
The Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund is the first global emerging markets fintech fund for the financially underserved.
The Fund invests in innovative financial technology and services companies that promote financial inclusion for the two billion people around the world who lack access to savings accounts, checking, insurance, credit, and other basic financial services.
Accion is striving to reach the nearly three billion people worldwide who still seek these crucial financial services.
In the area of investing, Accion provides equity, quasi-equity, and loan guarantees to help grow companies sustainably and support a financial ecosystem that will radically enhance the efficiency, reach, and scope of financial services at the base of the economic pyramid.
SustainVC is the manager of a series of early-stage impact investing venture capital funds that makes market-rate equity investments into early-stage companies creating meaningful social and/or environmental impact.
Led by a deep team with more than 100 years of investing, startup, and consulting experience, SustainVC has built a 10-year track record of demonstrated, measurable impact as well as proven financial returns.
Farmland LP is a U.S. real estate fund that acquires conventional farmland and converts it into Organic, sustainably managed farmland. They specialize in enhancing soil fertility and productivity through science-based livestock and crop rotations.
They currently own and manage 6750 acres of farmland currently valued at $50 million in the San Francisco Bay Area and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. More than 10% of our acreage is certified Organic and the rest is in transition.
Through expertise in agriculture, soil biology, real estate, and farm management, they have forged a new model for how farmland is owned and managed.
The model benefits farmers, investors, the environment, and consumers. Investors benefit from the security of owning farmland while participating in the growth and profitability of local, organic food markets.
The fund intends to demonstrate that sustainable agriculture at-scale is more profitable today than chemical-dependent commodity agriculture.
CRF fills a gap in community development funding by bringing a larger amount of capital to the communities that need it most. This has a powerful impact, creating a huge ripple effect and improving more lives of disadvantaged people in distressed neighborhoods all across the country.
Together with lending partners, they provide small business loans not found elsewhere for people living in underserved communities so they can.
CRF has provided more than $1.5 billion to finance small businesses, affordable housing and community facilities in 47 states and more than 750 communities.
These loans have improved the lives of more than 613,000 people by creating jobs, funding small business growth, affordable housing, community facilities, and by providing highly personalized loan servicing for low-income homeowners.
CRF blends philanthropic giving with socially motivated investments from foundations and market rate investments from institutional investors that otherwise would not invest in community development in low-income communities.
Vox Capital is Brazil’s pioneer and leading impact investing firm. Founded in 2009, it invests in high potential start-ups serving the Brazilian low-income population delivering solutions in health, education and financial services.
Currently, Vox Capital manages over USD 50 million in assets and has invested in over 20 companies.
Vox Capital is member of ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs) and was a founding member for its Brazilian chapter. It is also an active member at ABVCAP (Brazilian Venture Capital Association). Vox is a founding fund at GIIRS (Global Impact Investing Rating System).
The Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) is a global impact investment organization whose mission is to grow viable businesses that generate sustainable earnings or cost-savings for people with low incomes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Companies in developing economies often face financing constraints and lack sources of business advice.
The GBF establishes innovative financing vehicles that provide long term, risk sharing capital to these businesses, while its not-for-profit component crafts incremental business advice programs to help strengthen companies’ operational fundamentals.
Since 2011, The GBF’s first private investment fund has invested over $30M and conducted over 200 advisory projects with businesses that benefit 1.7 million people per year.
Over the course of their 25 year history, Calvert Impact Capital have raised more than $2 billion from over 18,000 investors to more than 520 mission-driven organizations across the U.S. and around the world.
- They have a 25-year track record of portfolio management with 100% repayment to all investors;
- Calvert Impact Capital raises capital from a diverse group of investors, including individuals, institutions, and financial advisors in amounts as low as $20 to over $20 million;
Calvert’s portfolio partners reach all 50 states plus DC and Puerto Rico, as well more than 100 countries and organize their portfolio across nine sectors: affordable housing, community development, education, environmental sustainability, health, microfinance, renewable energy, small business and sustainable agriculture.
In 2018, Calvert Impact Capital disbursed $100.4 million in new and renewed loans to 100 borrowers. Collectively, those 100 borrowers made nearly $4.7 billion in loans to their clients. In 2018, the portfolio partners collectively served over 72 million clients (60% women) and created or retained more than 500,000 jobs.
Renewal Funds provides an opportunity for investors to participate in the development of business at the forefront of social and environmental innovation. Renewal Funds invests in change by supporting businesses at the forefront of social and environmental innovation.
They believe that there must be a fundamental reinvention of where and how capital is deployed. The Renewal Funds model is to deliver above market returns by investing in businesses in Canada and the US that provide the finest sustainability solutions.
Moore Ventures invests in innovative businesses that leverage scalable technology to solve some of the world’s largest environmental challenges to help mitigate climate change globally.
Alante is a venture capital fund investing in innovative companies that enable a resilient, sustainable future for apparel production and retail.
Over the past decade, clothing prices have hit record lows while production continues to soar, resulting in an exponential increase in environmental and social costs.
The challenges of managing opaque supply chains have allowed for forced labor, unsafe working conditions and toxic dumping to be outcomes of the clothes we wear.
Companies are actively developing and integrating new solutions to make the lifecycle of apparel safer, cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable.
Brand and consumer demand, alongside supply chain pressures, are rapidly driving a shift towards sustainable apparel.
Alante partners with brands to understand their sustainability bottlenecks and requirements, informing our process to invest in companies that provide viable solutions.
Investing across the apparel industry into innovations in production, distribution, and waste recovery, we seek scalable solutions that leave lasting, positive impacts on people and the planet.
At Alante, we bridge the gap between emerging technologies and apparel brands and retailers, helping to improve efficiency and resiliency across the $3.1tn textile and apparel industry.
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Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 150 countries. Grant has personally interviewed 700+ impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.