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What is Impact Investing?

The mainstream media defines and talks about impact investing in terms of “ESG“, i.e. Environmental, Social, and Governance. Those measures help ensure a company is well managed, but those measures alone don’t explain whether a company is impactful or not. Nor a fund. “Impact” measures whether the investee makes a positive contribution to solving real problems. And...

Steward Regenerative Capital

Realize Impact invested $60,000 into Steward Technologies, a company promoting environmental and economic stewardship through regenerative agriculture. They do this by providing flexible loans to human-scale farms, ranches, fisheries, and food producers looking to propel their operations forward.

Investments are always open into their fund:

Starlight Cardiovascular

Realize Impact invested $100,000 into Starlight Cardiovascular 15 months ago. Starlight Cardiovascular is developing a portfolio of devices to treat babies born with congenital heart defects. From their website:The company is developing much needed tools and devices to treat pediatric congenital heart defects (CHDs). Approximately 1.3 million babies are born each year with a CHD. Most of the...

UbiQD

UbiQD is an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security. Our quantum dots enable industry leaders to harness the power of light and our first product, UbiGro®, is a layer of light that helps plants get more from the sun. At UbiQD, we know that great technologies depend on great materials. Our patented quantum dots hold the key to unlocking...

Fuchsia Shoes

R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund has invested in Fuchsia Shoes, a sustainable fashion brand manufacturing handcrafted shoes based on the traditional Pakistani khussas. We deliver high quality, ethically made and environmentally responsible shoes to the American consumer directly. Our customers’ purchase of Fuchsia Shoes genuinely benefits the artisans who make them.” R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund, an initiative of...

The Liist: October 2022

ImpactAlpha, October 4 – On Last week’s Agents of Impact Call, we heard from first-time, women managers of small impact funds in emerging markets. The takeaway: Write the check. Investment policies that exclude first-time managers exclude deep talent that may find value where other investors don’t know to look. Funds on this month’s edition of The LiiST, prepared with Realize Impact, include...

“BTW, you can use a DAF to invest”

How does philanthropic investing scale up? It could be from DAF sponsors telling their donors that they can invest, but it is far more likely from the fund raisers adding just one line to their pitch. What works are a handful of short words, tacked on at the very end of a pitch, after all the other details are shared. The words are the title of this post: “By the way, you can use a DAF to...

$18 million

In the first 30 months Realize Impact’s philanthropic investment grants service has seen: over 200 donor-investors from dozens of community foundations, DAF sponsors, and family foundations donating $18 million… recommending that capital be deployed in 68 unique impact investments. See our blog for details on many of these investments… and if you are looking for ideas on where you can make...

The Liist: September 2022

ImpactAlpha, September 2 – Get off the sidelines.  For Agents of Impact, helping impact fund managers – and especially first-time, diverse and emerging managers – to spend less time raising money, and more time helping companies succeed, is another way to accelerate impact.  Welcome to our second edition of The LiiST, an initiative of ImpactAlpha and Realize Impact to highlight impact funds...

The Liist #1: August 2022

ImpactAlpha, August 2022 – Between the launch and the close is the raise.  Even impact fund managers with a compelling thesis, a solid pipeline and sometimes an enviable track record spend an inordinate amount of time fundraising. Every day spent pitching or presenting slide decks is a day not spent helping portfolio companies get the resources they need to scale their impact. For Agents of...