Impact investing is an umbrella concept encompassing several investment tools, including mission related investments (MRIs), program related investments (PRIs), and screening mechanisms for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities. The practice of impact investing is rapidly gaining momentum, but the level of activity among individual and institutional investors, including philanthropists and foundations, has barely penetrated projections of market potential. Foundations are among the most reluctant investors and represent the smallest share of current activity.
The academic, nonprofit, Denver-based Impact Finance Center1 (IFC) has established a proof point for creating impact investing “marketplaces” at a statewide scale across all sectors, asset classes, and stages of growth. This approach is intended to become the most efficient and effective way to confirm the available supply of impact-investment capital, gauge demand for capital by social ventures, and unleash investment capital to benefit communities, the economy, and the environment.
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Stephanie L. Gripne, Joanne Kelley, Kathy Merchant
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