Impact Investing

Impact investing combines the goals of philanthropy and finance which, in shorthand, can be considered to be ‘doing good while making money.’  It differs from philanthropy in which funds are donated.  It differs from socially responsible investing which applies a social or environmental ‘screen’ to the investment decision in addition to the normal considerations of risk and return.  Impact investing is often considered to be investing with a social or environmental mission.  Impact investing has grown to include not only individuals but pension funds, foundations, and commercial capital.

Read more about the practitioners, objectives and trends in impact investing from

The New York Times

The Economist



For a more comprehensive view of the field, read this executive summary of a report on impact investing prepared by the Monitor Institute:

Investing for Social and Environmental Impact, executive summary, Monitor

Or for information about investing in businesses that are addressing needs in developing countries, click on the following report from the World Resources Institute:

On the Frontiers of Finance, World Resources Institute


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