Impact Investing On Echoing Green Blog

As part of our commitment to deepening support to Fellows, we travel around the world to gain a better understanding of the environment in which these social innovators operate.

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.


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.


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.


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.

South Asia as a Hub for Social Entrepreneurship
South Asia is rapidly growing as a hub for social entrepreneurship, but how can we translate this momentum to other parts of the world? Read more.



The Recoverable Grant is essentially a convertible note, with no time expiration and no liquidation payback rights, where the conversion occurs only at valuations greater than a given threshold. It’s designed specifically for very early-stage investment, where entrepreneurs need risk tolerant and inexpensive capital. Read More.

We’ve seen an emerging trend with social enterprises–testing out business models. Balancing the art of doing good and doing well, social enterprises don’t always fit into either a nonprofit or for-profit box. Read More.


DiligentDeal and Gust held the Venture Forward 2012 Conference at the New York Academy of Sciences on June 20, 2012. With attendees ranging from individual angel investors to well-known entrepreneurs from across the country, it was a particularly exciting and informative event. Read More.


Recently, Echoing Green participated in a discussion about social impact bonds hosted by McKinsey & Company on the firm’s recent report From Potential to Action: Bringing Social Impact Bonds to the US. Social Impact Bonds are multi-stakeholder partnerships, not bonds in the traditional sense, that bring together non-profits, government, and impact investors to more effectively use resources and achieve better outcomes targeting preventive interventions. Read More.

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