In the last few years, foundations have been discovering that they can create social good beyond the comfort of just nonprofit grantmaking, and investors have been developing strategies to generate significant financial and social impact.

Thus, the term impact investing was launched into the financial and social innovation sectors.

Essentially, impact investing describes an emerging asset class focused on channeling large-scale private funding to social entrepreneurs and social enterprises dedicated to solving the world’s biggest problems.
 
Echoing Green has partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation to explore key challenges in routing capital to early-stage social ventures serving the needs of poor or vulnerable populations around the world. With better and more robust data and insights, we believe that Echoing Green can contribute to overcoming structural barriers in this critical sector and help to significantly increase the rate of expansion of the overall marketplace and the corresponding social impact.

We’re excited about this emerging trend, and the feed below features our recent thinking (like the rise of hybrid social enterprises) and ideas (like recoverable grants) around the impact investing marketplace. What do you think?

Notes from the Field: India

Notes from the Field: India



As part of Echoing Green’s commitment to continually deepening support to our Fellows, we travel around the world to gain a better understanding of the environment in which these social innovators operate. Courtney and Min traveled to India in November.



Impact Blueprint: Building a Tool to Assess Potential for Impact

Impact Blueprint: Building a Tool to Assess Potential for Impact



Akin to what a business plan is to financial return, the Impact Blueprint is to social return: it provides a roadmap of how the organization’s activities are expected to deliver the desired social and/or environmental impact by making use of certain inputs and resources.



Becoming a Data-Driven Social Enterprise

Becoming a Data-Driven Social Enterprise




Data is big, data is powerful, and data is here to stay. Here are some tips for those looking to become a data-driven organization. Read More.



Notes from White House Forum on Philanthropy

Notes from White House Forum on Philanthropy




Echoing Green President Cheryl L. Dorsey reflects on joining more than 150 leaders in philanthropy and finance at the White House for a meeting on innovation in philanthropy. Read More.



Forbes 400: Impact Capital is the New Asset Class

Forbes 400: Impact Capital is the New Asset Class




Our President, Cheryl Dorsey, joins venture capitalists Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz and Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, and CEO of Salesforce.com, Marc Benioff, at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy to discuss how social venture and traditional venture capital overlap (and when they don't).Read More.



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