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Foundations, invest in impact

Sridhar Prasad and Ben Morley 24 October 2020

Over the past decade, it has become impossible to ignore the conversation around impact investing as a tool for social good. Yet, even as impact investing has gone from niche to mainstream, a recent survey …


New report: Untapped potential of impact investing

Alliance magazine 4 October 2020

Though almost 90 per cent of foundations are interested in impact investing, according to a recent Foundation Source survey, few foundations actually use impact investing tools, and even fewer use the full range of options. …


Three investing myths that undermine foundations’ impact

Melody Jensen 28 September 2020

In this time of global crisis, foundations must lead with all of their capital. Foundation assets globally exceed $1.5 trillion. If foundations deployed their endowments into impact investments, they would accelerate solutions to COVID-19 and …

‘It is give-back time’: In conversation with Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Richard Robinson

Danielle Walker Palmour 21 September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has produced economic chaos with worse predicted to follow – and the endowments and assets of grantmakers follow the fortunes of the market. How are foundations coping with the financial effects of …

Alliance magazine September 2020 issue on foundation investments out today

Alliance magazine 1 September 2020

Alliance magazine’s coverage of foundation investments is the focus of our September 2020 issue, ‘Investments: philanthropy in the balance’, out today. The issue takes a close look at how the sharp division between how philanthropic …

‘Frustrated’ Hewlett chief hits out at philanthropy sector ‘virtue signalling’

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 28 August 2020

Alliance exclusive – The CEO of one of the world’s leading foundations and climate funders has condemned ‘virtue signalling’ demands for foundations to divest from fossil fuels, suggested that calls for everyone to spend more …

Hong Kong’s Community Resilience Fund: An example of flexibility of social investment for COVID-19

1 Philo Alto 21 August 2020

Since the start of the year, the evolving global pandemic situation has continued to batter economies, organisations, and local communities alike. In response, governments and policymakers have unleashed unprecedented financial and policy support measures to …

Impact: The new watchword for investing in the 21st century

Mohit Saini 17 August 2020

Increasingly, impact investors in India are thinking beyond the trade-off between doing good and doing well. Experienced investors acknowledge the potential of private capital to address social issues and achieve financial return (doing well) while …

How do we join Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for greater impact? – Part 2

Gorgi Krlev 16 August 2020

Rethinking pathways to impact The need for impact investing to meet and support social entrepreneurship is growing stronger. And yet, we often witness a mismatch between the profiles of investors and those of social entrepreneurs. …

How do we join Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for greater impact? – Part 1

Gorgi Krlev 15 August 2020

Rethinking the rationales for decision-making by entrepreneurs and investors Social Finance and Impact Investing are clearly hot topics. The media are full of them and the global impact investing market is growing dynamically. However, it …