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The Power of Impact Investing

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“Impact investing can be a powerful instrument of change.”
—Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Margot Brandenburg, in the introduction

A new wave of investors is using impact investing to address some of the greatest challenges of our time—from climate change and water scarcity to lack of access to health care, education, and affordable housing—with the
Paperback, 172 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Wharton Digital Press
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Sandeep Tammu
Aug 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2018
How are we ever going to rise enough capital to fund companies that not only care about making profits but also strive for a positive impact on social, ethical and environmental metrics? In short, where is the money for the next 'Microsoft' of education or the 'Apple' for renewable energy?
All the goverments of the world blindly chased GDP for so long they didn't realise that it came at a huge cost for the environment and social well-being of people. They are now scratching their heads thinking a
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impact investing is similar to value investing in one crucial aspect: you either grasp its eloquent righteousness instantly or you don’t. If you are one of the people who reflexively turn your back on concepts such as socially responsible investments (SRI), ethical investing or corporate governance focus, arguing it affects the ability to maximize total return from your investments – then this book ought to be your companion as you set out your investment goals for 2015 and beyond. The Power of ...more
David Rubenstein
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is full of credible and interesting information. Unfortunately, the interesting information is not credible, and the credible information is not interesting.

What a bore. No matter where I opened the book, I was unable to recall if I had read that section previously or not. It is a jumble of repeated thoughts and ideas, a boatload of meaningless (to me) acronyms, and name-dropping of the dullest sort.

The authors have an imaginative philosophy. What they needed was an editor and an econo
Nikkei Flores
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-suite-pov
I got into this book after doing more research on how to make my investments reflect what I believe and truly support in, whether it's due to personal beliefs, morals or out of interests and hobbies. The book gives good insight towards the end about the breakdown between retail investors and individuals with more capital & latitude. Throughout the book, examples used were in relation to known companies in the US that make social impact as well those in other countries. This book is good for thos ...more
Marci Seamples
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of the curriculum for the CAP designation through the American College of Financial Services. This gave me some fantastic introductory knowledge about the social impact investment sector - there are so many more options than I was aware of. As an amateur investor myself, it gave me some ideas for now and in the future as well, something I didn’t think I’d discover when I started reading this book.

If you are curious about impact investing, this is a short quick read that
Robert A Cerato
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Industry Overview, Craving more Industry Data Next

Good intro to impact investing, overview of the space, the players involved and the landscape. When finishing the book I found myself craving more information and data on how to evaluate investments/funds for both financial and impact performance as well as data on the overall financial/impact performance of the impact investment industry.
Patricia Burgess
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Good introduction to "impact investing," where investments seek dual purpose of financial returns along with social and environmental benefits. The authors are experienced investors and provide guidance to what is impact investing, how to go about this type of investing, seeking measurable outcomes, "how to" go about getting started or delving more deeply into impact investing. ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A good update of relatively current trends in 'impact investing'. ...more
Michael Bodekaer
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good 101 on impact investing.
I got a lot out of it, and got a good feeling for especially how philanthropic investors think and priorities their investments differently.
Especially enjoyed the chapter on Support Systems, and especially how we can leverage B-corp and various trusted certifications.

Some stories were very long, so skipped especially the Global Movement chapter as it felt a bit unstructured/too long.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
My review in the Stanford Social Innovation Review is here:

Upshot: lovely intro to impact investing as a tool to create social change around the world. Not a how to guide.
Cyndie Courtney
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Stephen P. Johnson Jr.
Recommended to Cyndie by: National Building Museum
A short, practical book about how to start thinking of how to approach investing in a way that is better for people and for the planet. Gets you thinking and lets you know about resources you can take advantage of. A bit dry, but useful and to the point.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Book reads like a "how-to" for newcomers in the field. Examples are well placed, but the best part about the book are the "Further Reading" links in the back of the book. Especially for those looking for impact investors/stories about impact investors (like I was). ...more
Charles Daniel
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must recent when it comes to recent impact investing literature
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