Ask 10 people what impact investing is and you will get 10 different answers. Impact investments can be made domestically or internationally, in debt or in equity, directly to businesses or into funds, at concessionary rates or seeking market returns, and across many sectors and timelines. Similarly, an impact investor may be a foundation, nonprofit, investment bank, government, venture capitalist, or an individual. The Investing in Impact podcast series, now available on iTunes and FSIG.org, aims to bring clarity the impact investing space through interviews with a broad range of its participants.
Presented by the Fletcher Social Investment Group, the first six episodes take the listener through the business models of the following organizations:
- Root Capital – Smallholder agricultural finance fund
- Third Sector Capital Partners – Social Impact Bond developer and advisor
- Rockefeller Foundation Program Related Investment – Foundation-led investments
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation – US Development Finance Agency
- Empowerment Capital – Risk specialists developing a bank for the underbanked
- Acumen – Non-profit global venture fund
Future episodes will feature I-DEV International, the Calvert Foundation, Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and Bank of America. Through these interviews, FSIG hopes to grow an understanding of impact investing and provide examples of opportunities to students, professionals, and investors to grow the impact of investment capital on social or environmental outcomes.
The podcast is hosted by Jesse Simmons (MIB 2016). Please reach out to FSIG@elist.tufts.edu if you are interested in appearing on the podcast.