Transform Finance: Bridging the Worlds of Finance and Social Justice

Impact investment has the potential to transform economies and societies, say its advocates. But the growing field is littered with examples of good intentions gone wrong—often the result of a “top-down” approach. How can impact investors avoid unintended consequences and ensure that their investments are aligned with the goals and needs of the people and […]

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NYC Will Invest in Local Women Entrepreneurs on Kiva

Women entrepreneurs of New York: your city wants to invest in you. Under a new program, called WE Fund: Crowd, when women entrepreneurs create a crowdfunding campaign on Kiva.org, the city will kick in the first 10% of their goal, up to $1,000. New York City officials hope to support at least 500 women-owned businesses […]

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A New Credit Union Will Focus on Clean Energy

Worried about climate change? Want to do more to support the spread of renewable energy? There’s a new credit union designed for people like you. The Clean Energy Credit Union is a new federally chartered credit union with a mission to help speed adoption of renewal energy by making it more broadly affordable. It was […]

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Techstars Launches New Social Impact Accelerator

When it comes to social impact entrepreneurship, it’s everyone into the pool. The idea of business as a force for good has been entering the mainstream, with Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital creating impact investment funds. Now Techstars, the Silicon Valley accelerator, is the latest high profile name to jump in. […]

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Meet Impact America: A ‘Best for the World’ Fund

Every year, B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps, celebrates “Best for the World” companies—those that score in the top 10% of B Lab’s Impact Assessment. They also analyze investment funds. This year, 28 funds representing $1.3 billion in assets under management made the list of “Best for the World” funds; eight of them […]

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New Products Bring Impact Investing to the Masses

Many individuals would like to know that their investments are doing some good in the world. One recent survey found that 75% of investors were interested in impact investing. But the $114 billion impact investment market has traditionally been the domain of foundations, institutions and wealthy  individuals. That’s changing. New financial products are opening up […]

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New Tools for Social Entrepreneurs Debut at SOCAP17

Hundreds of impact investors will converge on San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center starting Oct. 10 for the 10th annual Social Capital Markets conference, or SOCAP as it is better known. Like bees to honey, the pricey event also attracts social entrepreneurs seeking capital, including 140 entrepreneurs from around the globe who are attending thanks to […]

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The Local Crowd: Building a Crowdfunding Ecosystem Across Rural America

Laramie, Wyoming may not be the first place you would look for an innovative experiment in digital age economic revitalization. And at first glance, Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent might not fit the image of change agents. But the pair has been quietly building a crowdfunding ecosystem across rural America that is helping communities lift […]

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The Global Crowdfunding Convention Marks its Sixth Year With Focus on Diversity

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—except if it’s the Global Crowdfunding Convention. This big tent crowdfunding conference brings together experts and novices from around the world to network and learn about all forms of crowdfunding. The maestro behind the event is crowdfunding authority and entrepreneur Ruth Hedges. She is the founder of CrowdfundingCRM.com, a marketing […]

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