A movement is afoot.
It reaches across sectors and across geographies, linking small-business loans in Detroit with community development financing in Delhi. It has animated a generation of entrepreneurs and captured the imagination of world leaders. It links the social consciousness of philanthropy with the market principles of business. It’s about how the power of markets can help to scale solutions to some of our most urgent problems.
The movement is called impact investing. It brings together entrepreneurs, investors, foundations, public-sector leaders, nonprofits, and intermediaries to use private capital for public good. Simply put, impact investing generates measurable, beneficial social or environmental impacts alongside financial returns. It’s a simple idea with profound implications.