As the impact investing industry nears its 15th birthday (depending on who’s counting), it’s hard to refute that we’ve made enormous strides in professionalizing this investment approach. The size of the industry — represented by assets under management (AUM) — has skyrocketed. In 2013, impact investing represented a $25Bn opportunity. In 2021, that number is $715bn and climbing.

Where we’ve encountered challenges, we’ve endeavored to course correct. In our early days, for example, Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) was mostly ignored. But in the last 3 years, the emergence of many more robust — and increasingly standardized — frameworks have…


It’s easy to see this week’s events around GameStop and the stand-off between individual investors and hedge funds as a welcome shift in our investment universe. But a desire to tear down systems before we know what will replace them is bad for all of us. Impact investments may offer an interim solution.

There has been a lot of buzz this week about the news-making clash between a group of Reddit-organized individual investors and their siege on the investment industry — hedge funds in particular. …


It’s time to build — and share — more knowledge about impact investing.

In our April newsletter, we made a commitment to use #COVID19 — and the way it has disrupted the way we live, work, and connect — as an opportunity to do more. For us, that means actively designing and disseminating critically needed resources around impact investing, for anyone who’s interested.

The conversation around impact investing, and particularly the opportunity to use impact principles to redesign the parts of our system that are visibly broken is more important now than ever.

As a community of impact investing practitioners…


Before it was even categorized as a pandemic, COVID-19 created an unprecedented amount of disruption. In the span of my relatively young life, I have never seen anything affect all aspects of society in as disruptive a way as this.

Thus far, it’s impacted how we live, work and play. It has forced us to take responsibility for our communities, protecting our most vulnerable populations by depriving ourselves. It has changed the routine of our daily lives and for some, prompted re-discovery around how we spend our time. It’s had disruptive implications for childcare, work effectiveness, and social relationships and…


This week’s new mission statement from the Business Roundtable offers positive signs that impact is continuing to move into the mainstream.

It can feel like there are two (or twenty) disparate conversations on how to integrate social impact into the way we do business. On one side are the evangelists and tacticians, struggling to reframe impact-oriented outcomes as ways of accounting for unforseen risks. On the other, massive corporations putting out lofty letters to shareholders about their elevated impact committment, but missing the mark on reflecting those values in their investment allocation.

But this week’s latest from the Business Roundtable…


Today, it’s just so easy to be the bad guy. Playing the role of finger-pointing ire-filled guard of things staying in their narrow unimaginative lanes is all the rage. And impact investing hasn’t been spared the scarlet branding of “failure.”

But broad-sweeping statements as to whether profit and purpose can successfully co-exist seem particularly irrational for a pre-teen aged innovation. The world’s first democracy is more than 2,400 years old and we still can’t build stable and unfettered institutions within it.

The continual churn of clickbait-y headlines and articles that ferociously associate impact investing with “hype,” “failure,” “mindless” and “scam,”…


Solutions Won’t Be Easy to Find, But Collaboration and Innovation Offer New Opportunities—and B Corps Can Help

(Photo by Ameen Fahmy on Unsplash)

It’s been a busy month for the environment. Actually, it’s been a busy 50 years, but when the conversation around the health of the planet recedes into the background, we get shockingly destructive reminders. In recent months alone, Hurricanes Michael and Florence and the earthquake in Indonesia have all made the same point: The time to act is (and has been) now.

These reminders have disproportionately affected those who are least able to withstand it. We still hear about broad devastation — and neglect — of many parts of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. …


In the last year, the impact investing sector has been celebrating exponential growth.

Earlier this year, the Global Impact Investing Network released their 2018 Annual Impact Investor survey. The GIIN offered trends across the activities of 229 respondents managing $228bn in impact investing assets. This year’s survey is up from 208 respondents managing $114Bn in 2017. And in 2010 — when the GIIN partnered with J.P. Morgan and the Rockefeller Foundation to provide the first of their annual industry insights — they spoke to a mere 24 respondents who weighed in on 1,100 total investments labelled “impact.”

We have seen…


Tech-Savvy Workers Soon Will Make Up Half of U.S Workforce

Late last year, Investopedia released a list of the top 10 most searched terms on its site in 2017. It’s filled with some predictable mentions (like bitcoin), some happy surprises (like impact investing), and rounds out with millennials.

After a relatively uncertain and tumultuous 2017 (following a relatively uncertain and tumultuous 2016), the Investopedia list is a good reminder of the need to look to the future. Trends change, and they can helpfully inform what we should think about next.

An inclusive economy is one that creates opportunity for all people of all backgrounds and experiences to live with dignity…

Rehana Nathoo

#impinv founder at Spectrum Impact. Ex @CaseFoundation + @BNYMellon + @RockefellerFdn. Bookworm, travel glutton, and lifelong Pens fan. www.spectrum-impact.com

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