When I sat down to write this blog, I did some free word association with our portfolio company names and the events of the year. Because I’m more a math person than a words person, I used a couple of the same words over and over?—?mostly “craziness” (good crazy) and “fail” (bad crazy, oversimplified). Some companies got both, depending on the time of year.
When Jessica Brooks started at Boston Community Capital, it was one in a handful of impact investors in Boston. The kind of work the community development financial institution—now called BlueHub Capital—was doing wasn’t called impact investing then. That was 17 years ago. “Impact investing” came later.
Donor advised funds, or DAFs, are set up by nonprofits to allow investors to make donations into an investment fund and get a tax break for a charitable contribution as the assets in these vehicles are eventually given to qualified nonprofits.
It has become apparent that startups and venture capitalists have not factored in a key asset in any company’s growth, talent and culture.
Twiga’s goal is simple: source produce from farmers at above market prices and deliver it to retailers at below market prices.
Money is not enough for impact businesses to succeed; they desperately need an answer to their human capital challenges to unlock their world-changing potential.
The opportunity to get funded by impact investors has never been better. Here is some advice for tapping the growing pool of investors like us who consider impact in our venture portfolio.
The prospect is as exhilarating as it is daunting: As much as $30 trillion is expected to pass from baby boomers to their heirs in North America over the next three or four decades, according to a report from Accenture.
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