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Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference

ISBN: 978-0-470-90721-4
336 pages
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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A ground-breaking book on the transformative power of impact investing

This is the first book to chart the catalytic path of this new industry, explaining how it is and can be a positive disruptive force. It shows how impact investing is a transformational vehicle for delivering "blended value" throughout the investment spectrum, giving a single name to a set of activities previously siloed in enclaves, revealing how they are linked within what is becoming a new field of investing. Written by two leaders in the growing field of impact investing, the book defines this emerging industry for participants on all sides of the funding equation (investors, funders and social entrepreneurs).

  • Filled with illustrative examples of impact investing success stories
  • Reveals how the field can expand in order to address the most critical social and environmental issues of our day
  • Explores the wide-ranging applications of impact investing as well as entrepreneurial opportunities

The authors do not take a normative approach to argue how investors should behave like an investment guide might but show how entrepreneurial people and institutions are already offering an integrated alternative.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xxi

Part One


1 A MightyWave 3

2 Impact Investing in International Development 19

3 Microfinance: Still the Best Brand in Development? 39

4 Impact Investing in Social Enterprises: Flourishing in the ‘‘Confusing Mess’’ 61

5 Where Is Impact Investing Headed? 85

Part Two


6 How Will We Regulate Impact Investing? 111

7 How Will We Cultivate Transformational Leadership? 141

8 How Will We Measure Blended Value? 163

9 How Will We Unlock Philanthropic Capital?

Total Foundation Asset Management 187

10 How Will We Move the Money? 217

11 How Will We See the Forest and the Trees? Creating the New Ecosystem of Impact Investing for Blended Value 251

Notes 263

Further Reading 269

The Authors 283

Disclosure 285

Index 287

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Author Information

Antony Bugg-Levine (New York, NY)  has been named the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a position he will take up in October 2011. Most recently a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, he designed and led the Rockefeller Foundation's Impact Investing initiative. He convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase "impact investing" and is the Board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network. A former consultant with McKinsey & Co., he also teaches at Columbia Business School. A native of South Africa, he served in the late 1990s as the acting communications director at the South African Human Rights Commission.

Jed Emerson, originator of the term blended value, is executive vice president of ImpactAssets, a senior fellow with Heidelberg University's Center on Social Investing, and a senior advisor to the Sterling Group (Hong Kong). He was founding director of REDF, a founding board member of Pacific Community Ventures, and founding director of Larkin Street Services.

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