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December Impact Investing Roundup

  • The Investment Integration Project's William Burckart and Steve Lydenberg explore three trends in system-level impact investing and find that investors "must intentionally incorporate new ways of investing if they are to address big global problems."
  • Here are four key takeaways from the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) Annual Forum on impact investing.
  • GIIN has released a new trends report: Impact Investing Trends: Evidence of a Growing Industry. Impact investing assets under management have grown from $25.4 billion in 2013 to $35.5 billion in 2015 according to survey respondents from the study. The report found a high level of satisfaction with financial returns among impact investors surveyed.
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development will launch a development data library in the coming months to more easily capture, share, and visualize information from employees, non-profits and contractors in 85 countries.
  • Bill Gates announced Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund that will invest in clean energy innovation. The investor-led fund is made up of members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
  • PepsiCo has announced it will restore and protect a handful of watersheds in Latin American countries in which it operates.
  • B Lab, in partnership with B the Change Media, has announced the honorees of the 2016 Best for the World Funds, celebrating 50 impact investment funds that have created exceptional social and environmental impact.
  • Toniic released their T100: Launch “Insights from the Frontier of Impact Investing” at the recent GIIN annual Investor Forum. T100 is a multi-year study of over 50 portfolios in Toniic’s 100% Impact Network members.
  • TPG Growth and Elevar Equity have started the Rise Fund which will invest globally in several different areas. The Rise Fund will be collaborating with the Bridgespan Group to create tools to help measure investments’ social and environmental returns. The Fund was founded by: Bill McGlashan of TPG Growth; singer and activist, Bono; and Jeff Skoll, former eBay president.
  • Here is a look back at some of the top activities in impact investing during 2016.
  • The Case Foundation published a list of 50 impact investing influencers to follow on Twitter.
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