The Impact Papers

The Impact Papers


July 07, 2020

Impact Decoded: 'Invest and Strengthen has become our motto’

The Charter of Investors for Impact, launched last year and with 300+ signatories to date, offers a set of guiding principles for all those committed to investing for (as opposed to with) impact. But ...

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June 22, 2020
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Impact Decoded: ‘If it feels like an add-on, you’re in the wrong business’

This piece is part of our Impact Decoded series in partnership with Pioneers Post, in which contributors explore some of the core principles that can help funders ensure they're backing high-impact so...

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June 02, 2020
Tilia Impact Ventures and MIWA

The investee who changed me: 'For him it was always about building awareness of a problem'

Meeting a social investor can be game-changing for an entrepreneur – but sometimes the lightbulb moment is even more dazzling for the one controlling the cash. In partnership with the Pioneers Post, w...

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May 15, 2020
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Covid-19: A chance to put social impact on the corporate agenda once and for all?

Impact-driven initiatives easily fall off the list of corporate priorities. But the current crisis could change that – and corporate foundations and other corporate social investors are uniquely place...

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April 08, 2020
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Impact Decoded: How the core principles of investing for impact can help us fund smart through uncertain times

With funding for innovative solutions in greater demand than ever, investors for impact can play a vital role. But what sets them apart from other capital providers – and how can they make best use of...

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March 30, 2020
Deirdre Mortell

The investee who changed me: “Mary Brigid introduced me to the tremendous leaders in the Traveller community”

Meeting a social investor can be game-changing for an entrepreneur – but sometimes the lightbulb moment is even more dazzling for the one controlling the cash. In partnership with Pioneers Post, we're...

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October 29, 2019
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Accelerating change: an EU policy-maker’s perspective of social finance

In the latest in this series asking honest questions about investing for impact, the European Commission’s Ann Branch takes a step back to consider the role of public policy. Social investment is rapi...

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October 23, 2019
Robert Manz

The investee who changed me: “That lunch turned an idea into reality”

Meeting the right investor can be game-changing for a social enterprise – but how does the relationship affect those putting down the funds? In partnership with EVPA, we're inviting social investors t...

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October 14, 2019
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The devil in 'investment opportunities': Why funding solutions must be the new paradigm in impact investing

Seeking impact investing ‘opportunities’, no matter how thorough our search, will always mean a focus on targeted returns for an investor, with impact a secondary interest, argues the European Investm...

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