by Debra Schwartz Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation
Often, the most compelling impact investments are made, not found.
I have used that phrase over the years to describe how foundations and other impact-focused investors use “catalytic capital” to support social and environmental progress. These patient, flexible, “catalytic” investments are able to take on more risk and/or accept a lower return than commercial capital in order to finance gains that would not otherwise be possible.
“Camino al Éxito” (Path to Success) Kicks-Off with Bilingual TV Specials and Digital Hub
NEW YORK, September 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and FUSION, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced their continued partnership and the launch of “Camino al Éxito” (Path to Success), a year-long, multi-platform campaign that aims to help reduce the educational achievement gap among Hispanic students in the United States. “Camino al Éxito” follows four Hispanic families over the course of an entire school year as they face important decisions on how to support, guide and advocate for their children.
JPMorgan Chase, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and partners announce successful capital raise for first-of-its-kind investment product
NEW YORK, September 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries.
Improved Maize Varieties to Aid Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Three-quarters of the world’s most severe droughts over the past 10 years have occurred in Africa, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers, most of whom are women and rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans depend on it as their main food source. Maize production is severely affected by drought, which can lead to unpredictable and low yields, and at worst, complete crop failure.
Venture capital is moving into the healthy food category. Just as socially responsible investment, SRI, has found opportunities in the renewable energy and innovative health care sectors, Silicon Valley VCs are now focusing on new, healthy food products and services that align with their progressive agendas in those other areas. Last year, Valley VCs channeled $350 million dollars into food projects. Investment deals in the sector were 37 percent higher than the previous year, according to CB Insights, a venture capital database.
The world is almost polio free! Polio now exists in only three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Thanks to the advocacy efforts of organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and ONE, the world is that much closer to completely eradicating this disease. Watch this powerful video from ONE.
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) launched its 8th annual meeting today. Make no mistake about it, this is a deal-making event. The price of admission for global nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, and corporations is making a clear and measurable commitment to action. For companies and foundations, the commitment must include a significant financial pledge. And if you don’t fulfill your promise, you’re not invited back.
Seven pharmaceutical companies, including Sanofi and four research institutions, working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have entered into a partnership to speed up the discovery of essential new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). The partnership, known as the TB Drug Accelerator (TBDA), will target the discovery of new TB drugs by collaborating on early-stage research.
After surviving the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Marie and her children have been living with relatives far from home. Under a pilot program, developed by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) and its partners, along with Rwanda's Ministry of Lands, Marie will be able to return to Rwanda to claim the land that she and her husband once farmed, but now as a registered landowner in her village.