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Spectrum of Values

Spectrum of Values

Impact investing appeals to a variety of investors because it balances commerce and compassion. It also offers a broad range of options; some strategies emphasize financial return while still seeking to benefit society. Other approaches put social impact first, accepting returns that vary from below-market rate to a simple repayment of principal.

Whatever the interest of an investor, finding one’s place along the spectrum is a key consideration. While the approach depends on the investor, there remain two key elements to any impact investment: intentionality and measurement. The investor’s intention needs to include some element of both social impact and financial return. And while there is more standardized metrics for financial returns (i.e. ROI), investors should also aim to measure the social impact. To do this, we recommend you refer to the GIIN’s IRIS+ system. It is the most commonly accepted system for measuring, managing, and optimizing impact.

About Impact Capital Partners

At Impact Capital Partners, our mission is to connect institutional capital with the growing impact investment market to address the world’s most pressing challenges. By utilizing impact investments, institutional investors are able to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. We are constantly finding new impact investment opportunities in both emerging and developed markets, targeting market-rate returns. Schedule a call with us HERE if you’re interested in learning more about our impact investing strategies.

OTHER TERMS

Mission Related Investment (“MRI”)

An MRI is an investment made from a tax-exempt foundation’s endowment that is meant to make money and further the foundation’s charitab...

Benefit Corporation

A benefit corporation is a type of business that allows for-profit, mission-driven companies to pursue positive benefits to society as part of thei...

Program Related Investment (“PRI”)

A PRI is an investment that a tax-exempt charity makes at a rate below the market rate as part of its annual giving requirement. In order to keep t...

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