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Is Impact Investing the Next Big Thing for Donor Advised Funds? Inside Philanthropy, April 2018.

Private foundations have been taking bolder steps toward impact investing in recent years. But with more individuals turning to donor-advised funds (DAFs) to facilitate their giving, how can those funds also be invested today to improve the world?

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Does Wall Street Finally Care About Sustainability? Harvard Business Review, January 2018.

“Wall Street doesn’t care.” I’ve been attending conferences on green or sustainable business for more than 15 years, and I’ve worked closely with senior executives at multinationals on sustainability strategy. Through it all, I hear a common refrain: Even though climate change is already creating material risks and opportunities for companies, and expectations from stakeholders about social responsibility are clearly rising, investors aren’t asking CEOs about their sustainability performance. But could that finally be changing?

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Making Money and Doing Good: Impact Investing is Catching On. CNN Money, June 2017.

Snap, crackle, pop! Next time you hear the sound of Kellogg’s (K) Rice Krispies in a bowl of milk, listen for echoes of a teacher quietly tapping away on a mobile device while assessing a student in real time. W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Mission Driven Investment (MDI) arm in 2010 made a $5 million bridging loan to Wireless Generation, a provider of software to schools across North America. The cash helped supply more schools with real-time mobile technology for teachers to assess students as they work.

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Ford Foundation Is an Unlikely Convert to ‘Impact’ Investing, The New York Times, April 2017.

Last week, the foundation announced that it would commit $1 billion to investments that “earn not only attractive financial returns but concrete social returns as well,” as it said in a news release. “When we first started talking about this nine months ago, I was very wary,” Mr. Nadosy told me. “I’m on 10 different boards and investment committees. It’s deeply ingrained that your goal is to maximize returns, because that’s how performance is measured.”

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New ecosystem-wide mitigation and conservation banks are enabling large scale preservation and restoration of habitats and species. This innovative approach to private sector conservation aligns environmental, energy and impact investment interests to drive social and financial outcomes. i2 Capital is the principal sponsor of The Upper Green River Conservancy™, the nation’s first Co-Op Conservation Bank™, based in Wyoming.

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Innovative pay for success models are enabling new scaled conservation initiatives. i2 Capital is sponsoring the Revolving Water Fund to implement upstream farm-based clean water interventions that benefit municipal water users across the Brandywine Christina watershed in northern Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Advances in education platforms, delivery methods and measurement methodologies have the potential to dramatically improve student outcomes. i2 Capital is sponsoring a finance vehicle to accelerate the most promising outcome-focused solutions and enhance the education innovation ecosystem.

Renewable energy development is one of the most compelling and urgent social impact initiatives in the world today. i2 Capital is supporting multi-use land conservation and clean energy development that maximizes natural resource values on large scale agricultural and ecologically sensitive lands.