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“Money Must Serve, Not Rule!”

In November 2013, Morgan Stanley launched its Institute for Sustainable Investing and announced that within five years it was aiming to manage $10 billion...

Impact Investing for Community Development

New sources of mission-driven private capital could step up to support community development where traditional sources of financing are withdrawing.

Doing Well by Doing Good

With a little knowledge and effort, investors of many kinds can work with financial advisers to learn how to match their investments with their values and build a meaningful portfolio with solid returns.

Small Dollars, Big Returns

So what can you make happen with a domestic impact investment anyway?

Two Structured Community Development Funds: A Peek at How They Work

The details, lessons, and impact of two innovative community development funds created by Enterprise Community Partners.

Measuring Blended Value

Tracking social return on investment is more complicated than measuring financial return. How do impact investors do it?

The Role of Government in Impact Investing

Impact investing may seem like a market-based concept, but government can and does support, enable, and participate in it many ways.

Connecting CDFIs and Impact Investors

It should be a natural fit; what’s in the way?

Preparing for Business as Unusual

An impact investment can move a nonprofit to a high level of effectiveness and stability—but only if it’s done its homework first.

Letting the Dollars Land

To realize the promise of community investment, the capacity of specific places to absorb available capital needs to grow.

The $15 Trillion Shift

“Investor apartheid” securities rules are keeping investment artificially blocked from the businesses with the most positive impact on communities— small, local ones.

What Is Philanthropic Equity? A Roundtable Discussion

As we prepared this issue, the term "philanthropic equity" kept surfacing. What is this new concept in philanthropy, and how is it different from both traditional grantmaking and program-related investments? In December we gathered a group of people from foundations and nonprofit intermediaries to explore the concept, its promises and pitfalls.

Occupy Wall Street: A New Wave of Fair Housing Activism?

Is there a new community reinvestment movement afoot?

Too High to Pay

The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future, by Joseph Stiglitz. Norton & Company, Inc., June 2012, 448 pp. $27.95 (cloth).

Layers of Opportunity

Land of Opportunity Interactive, landofopportunityinteractive.com

Q: Are manufactured homes a bad form of affordable housing?

A: Not any more! There are many myths out there about manufactured (or "mobile") homes, but in fact they can be a very important source of quality affordable housing...

Impact Investing Resources

If you want to explore impact investing further, here are some places to start.