(Photo by Flickr user Incase, used under a Creative Commons license)
Philadelphia funders from both the private and philanthropic sectors have been pushing for the city to become a leader in impact investing, the venture capital strategy for funding for-profit businesses with a social mission.
That’s manifested in a few different ways:
- There was the formation of ImpactPHL, a nonprofit formed by local impact investors including John Moore and Tom Balderston with a mission to rally more funders around strategy, this past summer.
- The Philadelphia arm of national impact investing network Investors’ Circle, one of the strongest local branches in the country, appointed a new president in Annarie Lyles when Moore stepped down to chair ImpactPHL and advocate for the practice.
- Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII), a national leader in impact investing academia, saw the departure of senior director Jacob Gray. Gray made his return to the private sector and is rallying impact investments by way of Center City-based firm Threshold Group.
Philadelphia isn’t quite there yet. Foundations are still circling the for-profit funding method with great interest. Hopefully, with the groundwork laid in 2016, the city and region will begin to see an otherwise niche and complicated investment strategy break into the mainstream.
That doesn’t mean Philly’s impact investing intelligentsia are sitting silent.
The Case Foundation, a national leader in moving impact investing forward, published a list of its top 50 impact investing influencers on Twitter earlier this month. That list included WSII and B Corporation, the business certification awarded by Wayne-based nonprofit B Lab.
From our Partners
— Nick Ashburn (@nashburn) December 28, 2016
Keep an eye on Philly’s impact investing movers and shakers in 2017 — they might not be on Twitter, but they’re pushing mission-driven investing into mainstream venture capital and philanthropy all the same.-30-
From our Partners
Nonprofit AF: 10 predictable responses from white dudes when people criticize inequitable systems
The ‘quality jobs’ framework can be an effective tool for those seeking to invest in companies
Tell us: Who has real impact in the region’s nonprofit sector?
Be the leader to bring a 26-year mission into the future in Chester County
Schultz & Williams
Data Analyst (Full-time)Apply Now
Regional Housing Legal Services
Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Sponsorship (To Start in Fall 2023)2023Apply Now
Reflect back, reimagine forward: How Ben Franklin Technology Partners is investing in regional impact
This is what individuals who invest in CDFIs want you to know
Nonprofit AF: We need to support legislation on philanthropy’s crappy, inequitable practices
Village of the Arts seeks to deepen and scale its impact as it reflects on its legacy
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity