Research

Case Study: Can A Water Fund Bring New Dollars for Watershed Restoration? Open Space Institute, June 2018.

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative, an ambitious effort to protect water quality for 15 million people, comes with equally ambitious funding needs. In the Brandywine-Christina watershed, one of the eight focus areas, a partnership of conservation organizations, public, and private utilities are seeking to build on a few million dollars in foundation support by establishing a $1.5 — $10 million revolving local water fund to catalyze upstream restoration work.

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Impact Investing & Donor Advised Funds: Guidance for the Savvy Donor. American Endowment Foundation, April 2018.

Impact investing, broadly defined as investing for the purpose of generating both a social or environmental as well as a financial return, continues to grow in popularity. Impact investing can also include the use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in making investment decisions. Donor advised funds (DAFs) can prove to be a useful tool for impact investing, provided that donors and their advisors are aware of certain points before making these investments.

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The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice. GIIN, December 2017.

This report, The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, presents findings from the GIIN’s first comprehensive survey of the state of impact measurement and management (IMM) in the impact investing industry.

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Capitalising Conservation: HOW CONSERVATION ORGANISATIONS CAN ENGAGE WITH INVESTORS TO MOBILISE CAPITAL. Clarmondial, November 2017.

Clarmondial and the WWF Landscape Finance Lab have produced “Capitalising Conservation”, a new report exploring how conservation organisations and their partners can mobilise private investment in conservation. The report provides a framework to guide the identification, structuring and execution of investments in conservation.

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GIIN Perspectives: Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments. GIIN, November 2017.

The GIIN’s report, GIIN Perspectives: Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments, provides investors with a comprehensive review of available research to date on the financial performance of impact investments. The report evaluates over a dozen studies—produced by a wide range of organizations—on the financial performance of investments in three common asset classes in impact investing: private equity, private debt, and real assets, as well as individual investor portfolios allocated across asset classes.

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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 sponsoring a finance vehicle for utility-scale solar projects in partnership with a leading solar developer.