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Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference

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A ground-breaking book on the transformative power of impact investing This is the first book to chart the catalytic path of this new industry, explaining how it is and can be a positive disruptive force. It shows how impact investing is a transformational vehicle for delivering "blended value" throughout the investment spectrum, giving a single name to a set of activities ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Jossey-Bass (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Nov 08, 2011 Pamela rated it liked it
A great first read for those looking to understand how to merge their passion for social good with their investment acumen. Nicely lays out the opportunities, risks and limitations of impact investing that anyone interested in the space should be aware of. A bit poetic at times, but overall a quite helpful introduction.
Maja Šoštarić
Jul 13, 2015 Maja Šoštarić rated it liked it
Admittedly, at the very outset the authors warn you that they are not that keen on offering normative frameworks. That's perfectly legitimate; however, as an introductory read (which it is, for most of us), this book would have been more useful (at least to me) if it did contain at least some guidelines. Rather, it's so undecided about where to go. At times, it's too metaphorical. As a person who deeply appreciates metaphors, there's no easy way for me to say it, but - for a book that has the ob ...more
Fred Rose
Oct 07, 2012 Fred Rose rated it it was amazing
This is a really nice overview of impact investing. Impact investing is a newish term to describe the range of investments between pur for-profit and non-profit. I like this book for a number of reasons. It's written in plain English (a little too folksy sometimes even). It's not dogmatic or preachy about what to do. It stresses that the point is to solve problems and make impact, and sometimes that a pur for-profit investment (like in clean energy for example) and sometimes it isn't. It has goo ...more
Maggie Che
Jul 03, 2012 Maggie Che rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-business
I want to quote a paragraph in the book that " Capital markets are created and maintained by people. They were not passed down from the hand of God". It's our action that shapes and creates the future. We've been tired of all the troubles and problems brought out by one value system. It's time to use blended value to not only transport blood to businesses that are doing good but also to establish a system that is more natural to human nature. The pervasive measurement of financial return doesn't ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it
Impact investing focuses on directing capital towards basic social problems being addressed by business models that are at too early a stage of development to attract mainstream investors. The intention is to derive a blended value from investments that consist of a varying degree of social, environmental and financial impacts. The book emphasizes the need to develop a regulatory system that: allows businesses to focus on more than just profits; subsidizes impact enterprises; broadens tax incent ...more
Katherine Collins
This is the first official book on impact investing, and the authors have a clear understanding of the evolution of impact investing (and all of its cousins). They provide a helpful sketch of the landscape, including some of its challenges.
Jan 14, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I had sampled this previously, but read it through prior to the master class with Jed Emerson. Good survey of the current challenges of impact investing across the landscape.
I'd have given it 5 stars, except that the industry is changing so quickly this edition will be out of date in some areas within a year.
Kevin Miller
Jun 27, 2012 Kevin Miller marked it as to-read
Don't know where it came from, but I need a better understanding of social investing

Jed wrote it :)
Tamu Schwoeffermann
Dec 16, 2013 Tamu Schwoeffermann rated it really liked it
Very Interesting take, made me reevaluate how I think about non-profits.
Aug 29, 2013 Stella rated it really liked it
Good overview of the impact investing field
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