The financial system has a plumbing problem. We have an infrastructure of existing pipework, but it doesn’t reach everyone. So argues Jennifer Pryce, who heads up Calvert Impact Capital, an investment firm taking capital to the most underserved communities.
Investing is something that runs in Kristin Hull’s blood, a skill she picked up as a teenager. Now the CEO of an impact fund in Oakland, she is absolutely committed to the idea that our capital needs to benefit people and the planet, and actively discourages her clients from being passive when it comes to finance.
The boundaries between hard finance and philanthropy are getting blurrier as impact investing comes of age. At the forefront of this change is Bridges Fund Management, co-founded by Michele Giddens. She explains why capital can do much more than just make money for those who are already wealthy.
Rupert Scofield loaned money to those who were ignored by banks and exploited by others when he co-founded FINCA. Now, he’s turning his attention to social enterprises, which he believes could have big benefits for those already helped by microfinance.
It may not have the financial muscle of New York, but Boulder in Colorado is a hub of impact investing. A standout performer is Green Alpha Advisors. We spoke to its Chief Operating Officer about working in favour of a brighter future.
Our financial system needs to become more sustainable and less exploitative, argues Rehana Nathoo, the founder of a consultancy that is tackling some of the issues related to simply accepting the status quo.
A pioneering name in the impact investing field, Laura Callanan, Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab, explains why we should be looking through a creativity lens.
Combining progressive politics with start-up culture and digital media, this investment community is using capital as a tool to disrupt politics and shift the structures of power.
The rate of deforestation across the world is a huge concern for our species. Kent Gilges tell us how Conservation Resources is combining private equity and conservation capital to protect our timberland and agricultural space.
Once underestimated and dismissed, Arlan Hamilton started her own venture capital fund with just $25,000 and steely self-belief. Now, she has a book that talks about her journey from being penniless to becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Positive investing means putting your money directly into businesses whose mission and impact you support. Ethex has revolutionised this process, so now everyone can put their money towards a better society.
Suzanne Biegel is leading the way in gender-smart investing. While opening and supporting channels for capital to flow to female-owned business, she is righting wrongs, and busting myths about investing in women.