Announced at Total Impact Philly: Total Impact Portfolio Challenge, in collaboration with Wharton

Announced at Total Impact Philly: Total Impact Portfolio Challenge, in collaboration with Wharton

At the inaugural Total Impact conference, we were proud to announce the new Total Impact Portfolio Challenge in collaboration with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. The challenge will give students the practical tools and experience to build impact portfolios and learn from industry experts and thought leaders.

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Philadelphia Story: Good Capital Project, ImpactPHL and ImpactAlpha team up at Total Impact

Philadelphia Story: Good Capital Project, ImpactPHL and ImpactAlpha team up at Total Impact

From ImpactAlpha: We’ve been tracking locally-driven economic revival across the U.S.; Philly is testing approaches also taking hold elsewhere. Can local institutions and impact investors effectively direct capital to entrepreneurs and other agents of impact and change urban dynamics of economic dislocation, income inequality and racial division?…

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Impact Insight: When the World of Wealth Management and Impact Comes Together.

Impact Insight: When the World of Wealth Management and Impact Comes Together.

We interviewed private wealth manager Jesse Clinton, who serves as Senior Partner and Managing Director of VERITAS Private Wealth Group at Snowden Lane. Jesse shares his insights about the ever evolving impact space, his personal interest in impact, and the tools and resources advisors should know.

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Alliance Bernstein: Fighting Global Poverty with Equity Investment

Alliance Bernstein: Fighting Global Poverty with Equity Investment

This article was originally posted by Alliance Bernstein, here by Dan Roarty

Tackling global poverty requires more than just charity. Investors can contribute to the effort—and find good sources of return potential—by focusing on companies that behave ethically or provide solutions to key poverty-related challenges.

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How investment advisors can retain their clients, pick better investments and have some fun in Philadelphia

How investment advisors can retain their clients, pick better investments and have some fun in Philadelphia

In the months leading up to Total Impact we will be interviewing key leaders in the space who have partnered with us to help grow the impact investing space through this event. This week we feature our conversation with John Morris, Managing Partner & Board Member of the SOCAP Group and a member of the Good Capital Project Design Lab.

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How Total Impact Will Teach Investors to Make an Impact Across Asset Classes

How Total Impact Will Teach Investors to Make an Impact Across Asset Classes

The Good Capital Project’s inaugural Total Impact event will convene April 26 and 27, 2018 at the Cira Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The GCP (a SOCAP initiative) has invited impact investing pioneers and experienced practitioners including Jim Sorenson, Sorenson Impact Center; John Moore, Investors' Circle; Brian Trelstad, Bridges Fund Management; Veronica Olazabal, The Rockefeller Foundation; and others to share their expertise with Total Impact attendees. 

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Philadelphia rings the bell on a 21st-century revival

Philadelphia rings the bell on a 21st-century revival

The city finds itself rising on national lists: Leading startup city. Next in techcity. Top cities for social enterprise ecosystems. America’s best new restaurants. Last year, Philadelphia was called the country’s leading city for diversity in science, technology, engineering and math. With small wins and intentional progress, there’s a new tone in Philadelphia.

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Why We Are Launching The Total Impact Conference (And Why You Should Join US)

Why We Are Launching The Total Impact Conference (And Why You Should Join US)

Stories about growing demand for impact investing abound, but there are too many soundbites about social impact that focus narrowly on a single enterprise. Unfortunately, even within the community dedicated to growing the impact investment space, too much emphasis has been placed on individual ventures or products. The Good Capital Project, a SOCAP initiative, heard loud and clear that more advisors and investors need a way to learn the broader taxonomy of the impact space.

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Announcing the GCP Initiatives

Thank you for your involvement with the Good Capital Project over the last several months. We deeply appreciate your time, interest, feedback, and ideas.
 
Our Grand Challenge design sessions, workshops, and one-on-one interactions with you, helped us identify and understand the critical challenges of the impact industry and their likely solutions. The GCP Design Lab is now advancing to the prototype stage wherein it will develop – in partnership and collaboration with other stakeholders – prototypes of initiatives to address some of these challenges.
 
Towards that goal, we are happy to announce our proposed capacity-building and field-building efforts.

CAPACITY-BUILDING

Initiatives to develop human capital to
grow and strengthen the impact industry

  • University Impact Portfolio Challenge: An annual 100% impact portfolio challenge for university students to compete and gain hands-on impact investing experience.
     
  • Social Entrepreneur Launchpad: A comprehensive resource center for social entrepreneurs featuring standardized accelerator applications, templates for legal structures, local resources, best practices, and networking capabilities.
     
  • Blended Finance Program: An educational program teaching new investment banking capabilities that blend innovations from development agencies and foundations with expertise from major financial institutions.
     
  • Impact Advisory Program: An educational program for financial advisors to learn the fundamentals of impact investing.

FIELD-BUILDING

Initiatives to establish key infrastructure to
support the growth of the impact ecosystem.

  • Total Impact Conferences: More concerted, and focused convening efforts dedicated to practical education and advice for investors and advisors to adopt more socially responsible investment strategies. We are proud to launch the first Total Impact event this April!
     
  • The Impact Innovation Awards: An annual awards event celebrating deals that exemplify impact principles across sectors, asset classes, and geographies.
     
  • The Impact Intermediary Initiative: A feasibility project focused on designing an impact-dedicated financial intermediary at scale.
     
  • SDG Product & Distribution Design: A feasibility project focused on designing investment vehicles aligned with the SDGs.

To enable these initiatives, the GCP Design Lab is actively engaging with stakeholders across the spectrum. If you or your organization would like to share your insights or partner with us on these proposed initiatives, please get in touch by emailing Sharadiya Dasgupta at sdasgupta@socap.group.
 
We look forward to your continued involvement as we move ahead.
 
Thank you very much for joining forces with us in our endeavor to drive more capital towards purpose-driven investments!