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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470907215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470907214
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This groundbreaking book charts the path of a new industry, explaining how impact investing is and can be a positive disruptive force. Impact Investing affirms that it is possible and desirable to address social and environmental problems with investments that generate financial profits.

Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson reveal how impact investing is a transformational vehicle for delivering blended value through investment. The authors—two leaders in the burgeoning field of impact investing—give a name to a set of activities previously siloed in enclaves and reveal how these activities are linked within what is becoming a new and dynamic field.

The authors don't take a normative approach to argue how investors should behave but instead show how entrepreneurial people and institutions are already offering an integrated alternative. Impact Investing defines this emerging industry for all the institutions and people it is affecting (investors, funders, social entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers, and marginalized communities) and showcases illustrative examples of challenges and successes. The book also explores the potential that impact investing holds to tackle the most critical social and environmental issues of our day on a scale never seen before.

Ultimately, Impact Investing offers a fundamentally optimistic vision. This unifying vision illuminates what can be achieved when we capture total blended value, when all our assets work in unison with our values and beliefs.

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Praise for Impact Investing

"My experience with eBay demonstrated that you can do well by doing good. Impact Investing explores this important idea and provides many examples of the social impact that a for-profit business can ignite." —Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay; founding partner, Omidyar Network

"An informative and perceptive insight into the world of impact investment." —Ronald Cohen, cofounder, Apax Partners; chairman, the Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures

"In business schools around the world, impact investing is hot. For all those young professionals and their teachers, Bugg-Levine and Emerson, pioneers of the field, have written a great introduction to the realities of using markets to address society's problems." —Michael Chu, professor, Harvard Business School; cofounder, IGNIA Fund

"An insightful, compelling, and highly readable road map for investors and their wealth managers seeking to achieve blended value. As global thought leaders in impact investing, Bugg-Levine and Emerson share their perspectives and real-life examples of investors and investments achieving a combination of financial and social/environmental returns. It's a must-read for anyone interested in how investment can tackle the world's toughest problems." —Ron D. Cordes, cochairman, Genworth Financial Wealth Management; coauthor, The Art of Investing and Portfolio Management

"Impact investing just might be the game-changer we need in the quest to end poverty. Building on the forces of socially responsible investment, microfinance, and many others, impact investing shows that we can solve many of the world's social problems while making attractive financial returns. This superb book is a clear and compelling guide to any reader who wants to be a part of this powerful new force in development. The book is fresh and accessible, with an eye for metaphor and self-deprecation that is rare and welcome among policy wonks."—Elizabeth Littlefield, president and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; former CEO, CGAP


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Cuerel Burbano on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An insightful, easy-to-digest overview of the burgeoning phenomenon that is impact investing for blended return, described by the authors as "investment strategies that generate financial return while intentionally improving social and environmental conditions." Bugg-Levine and Emerson describe the history and current space of impact investing, noting lessons learned along the way, and identify areas of promise and concern for the future of impact investing.

This is a must-read for current and potential impact investors, social entrepreneurs, the philanthropic community, and policymakers interested in impact investing. I also highly recommend this book to individuals who are simply curious about the topic as it is not only informative, but also an enjoyable read.
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A cautiously optimistic book about impact investing both as an (emerging) asset class as well as an approach to portfolio management. It strives to bridge the silos between the social sector practitioners and the financial capital markets players without taking ideological positions for or against each side.

For the finance types, this is not a how-to book on impact investing as it does not focus on the pricing and valuation methodologies, rather it's more of a framework for approaching investing that incorporates social objectives into an entire asset management portfolio.

For the social sector practitioners, it's a great primer to help un-demonize the financial markets' role and its potentially huge contribution to the impact investing space and the social sector, if framed appropriately.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Bernholz on September 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bugg-Levine and Emerson present a history, a contemporary look, and do some promotional forecasting about impact investing. They credit, appropriately and adequately, the decades of innovation from religious endowments to teachers' pension funds the idea of mixing investing with social returns. The simultaneous pursuit of financial return and social value lie at the heart of the tools now known as impact investing and the outcomes now described as blended value. They also credit the "boundary" systems on either side of Impact Investing - philanthropy and commercial finance. In their words:

"Without philanthropy, modern microfinance would not exist. But without ... integration into the global investment system, microfinance would likely not have exceeded so spectacularly ..." (p. 46)

The closing line of the above paragraph then asks the key question for the entire book: "But at what price?" Emerson and Bugg-Levine tackle the costs and losses that have resulted from the decades of experiments that bring impact investing to this moment. Money has been lost, reputations ruined, lives taken. It has not been a straight line to success and the way forward presents no guarantees. Like any good financial discussion, previous outcomes are no guarantee of future results.

The book comes at in important time for impact investors (and for Emerson and Bugg-Levine themselves, both of whom have just taken on new jobs). SoCAP 11, the fourth annual conference that has become almost synonymous with Impact Investing opens this week in San Francisco. The first SoCAP conference launched one month to the day after the 158 year old Lehman Brothers investment bank went bankrupt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Frank on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Emerson and Bugg-Levine have done a great job in de-mystifying impact investing. Their book provides a clear, concise and articulate roadmap for understanding this nascent field. With humor, style and insight, they take the reader from "the confines of established routines and secure homes" and provide a clear roadmap to a place with "building structures of beauty that could not have been imagined".

Impact investing is complicated. It is also essential, given the magnitude of the issues the world is facing and the relatively limited resources of philanthropic capital. Their comprehensive overview with clear examples and their direct, candid approach, not only provides the reader with a sense of the opportunities and challenges, it also creates a sense of excitement and possibility of the potential for impact investing in challenging our current investment paradigms.

Clearly, the capital markets as we know them have some extraordinary challenges The authors make a very compelling argument that there is an increasingly important place for impact investing and innovative approaches to finance which impact investing represents. In short, this book is a very compelling read which I highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Emerson on October 19, 2011
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Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine lead the reader on a journey that begins with the evolution of Impact Investing and ends with the potential promise of a healthier, more prosperous planet that Impact Investing can help create.

The authors explain, however, that it will not be a journey without challenges, and they do an excellent job of articulating what the challenges are and offer options for meeting them head on.

Presented is a veritable roadmap for both individuals and institutions who are interested in learning about and investing in impact investments.

Impact investing is a brave new world that is breaking done barriers, constructing new platforms, and building on the hard work of many individuals, many profiled in the book, who have been laying the groundwork for the success of social finance.

Finally, it should be said that Impact Investing - Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, captures the passion and excitement that many are looking for in business today. It is a wave worth catching.
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