Eyes on the Horizon: The Impact Investor Survey

This survey captures data and market perspectives from 146 impact investors. As in previous years, J.P. Morgan and GIIN focused on investing organizations from foundations to financial institutions and did not include individual investors. To ensure that survey participants have meaningful experience in making and managing impact investments, we set a criterion for participation such that only respondents that either manage USD 10mm or more in impact assets and/or have committed capital to at least five different impact transactions are included. The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) collected and collated the data, making the data set anonymous before sending to J.P. Morgan for analysis.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Pledges Surpass $2.6 Trillion

More than 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals representing $2.6 trillion in assets have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies. The divestment movement has grown exponentially since Climate Week last year, when Arabella Advisors reported that 181 institutions and 656 individuals representing over $50 billion in assets had committed to divest. At that time, divestment advocates pledged to triple these numbers by the December 2015 Paris UN climate negotiations. Three months before the negotiations, we have already witnessed a fifty-fold increase in the total assets of those committed to divest from fossil fuels!

Congratulations to SVN member Ellen Dorsey from Wallace Global Fund and everyone involved with the Divest-Invest movement! Click here to read about the Divest-Invest press conference with Ellen Dorsey, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Tom Van Dyck, and Leonardo DiCaprio held this morning.

Join the fastest growing divestment movement in history, and help speed the transition to a clean energy economy. Sign the Divest-Invest personal pledge today.

I also hope you’ll join us for our 2015 Fall Conference in Baltimore, November 5-8, to learn more about Divest-Invest and get connected to an amazing community of change-makers, mission-driven entrepreneurs and impact investors.

Thank you for your support!

Deb Nelson
Executive Director
Social Venture Network

Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark

Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network have collaborated to launch the Impact Investing Benchmark, the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of market rate private equity and venture capital impact investing funds. While the impact investing industry is in an early stage of development, it is poised for growth. One of the chief barriers to industry advancement remains a paucity of robust research on financial performance. Credible data on risk and return can help both existing and future impact investors better identify strategies that best suit their desired social, environmental, and financial criteria.

At launch, the Impact Investing Benchmark comprises 51 private investment funds. Funds in the benchmark pursue a range of social impact objectives, operate across geographies and sectors, and were launched in vintage years 1998 to 2010.

The Demystification of Early Stage Investing

Seed stage investing is one of the most important phases of the capital aggregation cycle, but it is also one of the most misunderstood phases of funding a business. It is widely regarded as the riskiest investment stage, but also the one offering potentially high returns, along with the huge emotional connection sought by many investors. While it is arguably the investment stage where the most innovation is occurring, it is also the area seeing the least amount of capital inflows. This podcast examines the high-level concepts related to this broad topic.

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