impact investing

Investors' Circle Partners with The Hitachi Foundation to Support Young Entrepreneur Awardees

2013 Application Process Now Open
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March 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ - After three years of successful collaboration, Investors’ Circle is again providing targeted support to The Hitachi Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs program – a highlight of which is the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur Award.

Investing with a Profound Sense of Community

Core Values Key as the Impact Marketplace Gains Momentum
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March 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Think investments should make money and make the world a better place? Members of Investors' Circle do more than ever. "Smart with Heart" is how Bonny Moellenbrock, IC's Executive Director, describes their active network. "It's not just about the dollars. It's about the sense of meaning you share with the entrepreneurs and fellow investors," says Tom Balderston, Managing Director, Sustain VC and IC Member.

At 20, Investors' Circle Gets Its Groove Back

Network investments in 2012 reach pre-recession levels

By David Bank -

Investor’s Circle, the 20-year-old network of mission-driven angel investors, has survived the long economic slowdown and a rough organizational patch and appears poised to have its best year since 2006.

That’s good news for social ventures, for whom early-stage capital remains tough to obtain, despite the new conventional wisdom around impact investing that there’s somehow “too much money” chasing too few investable deals.

From Movement to Marketplace; Celebrating the Evolution of Impact

A critical mass of impact organizations celebrate significant anniversaries in 2012.
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A critical mass of mission-oriented organizations are all celebrating significant anniversaries in 2012.  Some of the names are recognizable far beyond the world of impact, but all share a belief that business can be an agent for positive change.

2012 May & June Grantmaking Activity: Global Greengrants

RSF Social Finance made $1 million in grants in May and June

By Catherine Covington

Many of our donor advised fund clients recommend grants to domestic organizations that they have a close connection to.  Perhaps they have volunteered with the organization, know someone on the staff or board, have seen the impact of the organization’s work in their own community, or are passionate about an issue or problem the organization is tackling.  However, what does one do if you are passionate about supporting causes outside the U.S. but don’t know where to get started or what support is needed and where?

Jay Coen Gilbert to be Opening Keynote Speaker

Impact Pioneer in Discussion with Industry Leaders
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True impact pioneer, Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, is scheduled to present a unique overview of the impact industry in his keynote address, Past & Future: Accelerating the Impact Investing Marketplace at the Investors' Circle Fall 2012 Venture Fair & Forum, Oct 24-25 in NYC.  Jay will look at the last 20 years and impact investing's transformation from an innovative movement to a growing marketplace.

Canceled IPO, What's Next for Global Stock Markets?


by Don Shaffer

Once again, we are faced with a “computer glitch” or “technical blip” in the increasingly volatile world of high frequency stock trading.

On Friday, BATS Global Markets, operator of a relatively new stock exchange that has captured 11% of all U.S. trading activity, was forced to withdraw its own IPO and refund all investors because its system crashed in the middle of the first day of trading.

Not only was its own stock offering wiped out, but trading of Apple shares was also halted on its system Friday due to the software problem.

A Few Things We Accomplished in 2011

RSF Social Finance 2011 Year in Review

By Jillian McCoy

Happy New Year!

It’s always such a good feeling to kick off a new year and we are really looking forward to what’s to come in 2012. But before we dive in, it’s worth taking a look back at what happened in 2011.

I pulled a few statistics on the past year and was very impressed with the results. We certainly experienced a flurry of activity in the last quarter, and although the dust hasn’t completely settled (stay tuned for our 2011 Annual Report for the final numbers – they could be even higher) this is a great indication of our work last year.


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