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Christa Velasquez, Director of Social Investments at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shares her perspective with the GIIN community. 04/29/2010 GIIN: Please outline Annie E. Casey Foundation's impact investment approach. CV: The Casey Foundation allocates a portion of its endowment to make social investments. We started at $20 million and increased to $100 million in 2004, and just a few months ago, increased to $125 million, which correlates with about five percent of the total endowment. This investment allocation is separate from the five percent of the endowment that is given as grants each year. Out of ...
Impact Investing Partnership with USAID, Rockefeller, Deloitte to ...
a new organization that will drive impact investment capital to entrepreneurs who use business to address the world's most challenging problems. The Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, Prudential Financial, and Deloitte have partnered with the non-profit B Lab to provide $6.5 million to support the development and use of GIIRS. Their objective is to use GIIRS to catalyze the flow of private sector investment into these high impact enterprises in developing countries. GIIRS is a ratings agency that provides comparable and transparent ratings about the social and environmental ... market research, surveys and trends
Metrics from the Ground Up
 this past week in DC with over 120 others. The well attended conference included many new faces, including fellow NextBillion writer  Diana Hollmann . As an attendee of last year's inaugural event co-sponsored with the  Grassroots Business Fund  (GBF), I was excited to see the progress of the metrics field over the past year, and interested to see if the conversation had shifted at all. The Friday before I left I'd read a  piece  by  Laura Freschi  on  AidWatch , which questioned why the  mid-point evaluation by the Millennium Village Project  gathered little ... market research, surveys and trends


With Impact Investing, Not Only Returns Matter - DealBook Blog ...
The very phrase “impact investing” sounds rapacious, but it is an emerging hybrid of philanthropy and private equity that proponents say is about to become more widespread. It is also something that has some very rich people intrigued. “It’s filling the space in between this historical space around philanthropy — charitable giving to fight poverty and alleviate misery — and the traditional investing space that is return-driven,” said Julia Sze, director of investments at Wells Fargo Family Wealth, who ran an impact investing conference in San Francisco on Thursday. More often, impact investing is described by what it is not. It ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
MEMBERS - Global Impact Investing Network
Acumen Fund exists to help end poverty by changing how the world addresses it. Acumen's approach is two-fold: First, Acumen invests patient capital to identify, strengthen and scale business models that effectively serve the poor. Second, Acumen champions and raises awareness of this investing approach as an effective complement to traditional aid, which can create dependence, or traditional market approaches, which can bypass the needs of the poor. Acumen raises philanthropic capital and invests in enterprises that provide critical goods and services - health, housing, water, energy and agricultural inputs - at affordable ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Singapore Looks To Ensure Water Sustainability Into The Future
Speech by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence at the opening of the Singapore International Water Week 2010 and the Second World Cities Summit, 28 June 2010 at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Your Royal Highness, Prince Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange from The Netherlands Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Introduction Please allow me to first warmly welcome everyone here this evening. I am pleased to join you for the opening ceremony of two major events – the Singapore International Water Week 2010 and the second World Cities Summit. The ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria
Grilled in Congress, shares down to £3 and forced to pledge billions of dollars in compensation, BP is paying the price for the damage it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico – and rightly so. Yet in Nigeria , as you report (" Anger grows across the world at the real price of 'frontier oil'" , Business), oil companies such as Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil have been largely responsible for decades of oil spills that destroy livelihoods and violate human rights. Villagers in Nigeria have nowhere to turn for adequate remedies. A global coalition of leading human, environmental and children's rights groups, ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


GIIN Launch (official press release) - Global Impact Investing Network
Sep 25, 2009 ... will help establish and standardize the impact investing industry – and our support for the Global Impact Investing Network ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
USAID Press Release: USAID Launches New Public-Private Partnership ...
At the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting on Friday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), and JP Morgan Chase announced a joint commitment to develop a set of standards that will rate the social and environmental return on financial investments. The Impact Reporting Investment Standards (IRIS) initiative will provide a common framework for defining, tracking, and reporting the performance of impact investments. IRIS addresses a major barrier to the growth of the impact investing industry � the lack of transparency and credibility in how ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
WDI Global Impact Internship Program: Sean | GBF Archives
Okay, so this isn't really a blog posting about my work here. I'm in the home stretch, and have a lot of pulling together to do. That means completing the impact metrics kit, collecting a few success stories, and meeting with management on next steps. I suppose a final blog entry will be lessons learned. But, I did get a chance to take some photos of life in the city, so I thought I'd post here a few of the several dozen that are on the group site. Posted by seanpk at 08:15 AM | Comments (0) Sean Killian | Grassroots Business Fund | Bangalore, India | Blog 5 This metrics thing is somewhat complicated. Grassroots ...
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