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Native-led Navajo Power leans into the just transition with community benefits and local jobs. Rapid development of clean energy capacity and a just transition are needed to confront the increasingly urgent climate crisis. Navajo Power is out to prove that it’s possible to profitably decarbonize the economy and strengthen and build wealth in Indigenous communities. In five years, the solar developer has established a three-gigawatt pipeline of solar-plus-storage projects in tribal communities across the United States, including a 750-megawatt facility near a now defunct 2.3-gigawatt coal-fired power plant on Navajo Nation. When the company’s projects come online, local communities will get a cut of the profits to use as they see fit. “It’s a way for us to reinvest in communities beyond traditional land leases and taxes,” Navajo Power’s Brett Isaac tells ImpactAlpha, adding, “We’re able to utilize the benefit of working with communities to build our company.” 
BII anchors SDG Outcomes Fund with $10 million for development impact bonds. The fund is seeking $100 million to seed approximately 15 to 20 “development impact bonds” that target positive health, education, employment and environmental outcomes in West Africa and South Asia. British International Investment’s commitment marks its first investment in development impact bonds, contracts that are repaid when social and environmental outcomes are achieved. The UK’s development finance institution joins the Development Finance Corp. as an anchor investor in the fund. Other investors include Dubai-based Legatum, the Tsao Family Office and high-net-worth individuals. UBS Optimus Foundation and Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, a nonprofit subsidiary of Bridges Fund Management, launched the fund “to improve lives at scale and, over time, to transform the way in which development projects are designed and delivered,” said Bridges’ Mila Lukic
🍻 Brewing employee ownership. The unionized workers of Anchor Brewing, the historic San Francisco brewery that announced it will shutter, have launched an effort to purchase the brewery and run it as a worker co-op. (Vinepair)
Sherry Madera, senior vice president of public policy at Mastercard, will step into a new role as CEO of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)… Eric Nee is retiring in January after 17 years as editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The magazine is on the hunt for a replacement… Skoll Foundation seeks a program manager in Palo Alto.
ImpactAlpha, Jun. 22 – Even as some politicians ramp up anti-ESG rhetoric, asset owners and allocators are signaling an appetite for investment strategies
ImpactAlpha, Mar. 31 – The search for a universal metric to guide investments in racial justice and equitable wealth-building was…aspirational. “We are still a
ImpactAlpha. Feb. 24 – “A labor market where workers have more opportunities and have more power and have more leverage is a good
ImpactAlpha, Feb. 9 – The fatal beating by police of Tyre Nichols in Memphis last month exposed risks to the city’s finances that have
ImpactAlpha, Nov. 18 – Cities around the U.S. are raising low-cost capital in the municipal bond markets by highlighting intentional efforts to address long-standing
ImpactAlpha, September 30 – Capital to support women’s economic growth and financial inclusion is flowing – finally! – in many advanced economies. In emerging
ImpactAlpha, Sept. 19 – Investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and world leaders have descended on New York for Climate Week, the annual gathering alongside the
ImpactAlpha, June 27 – ImpactAlpha’s spring season of Agents of Impact Calls spanned a period of tumult in the financial markets: instability in
ImpactAlpha, June 3 – Just as investment in financial inclusion in Africa was really ramping up, a market downturn threatens to slow progress. Or
ImpactAlpha, May 13 –  One defining outcome of the pandemic: a boom in entrepreneurship. A record five million businesses were started in the
ImpactAlpha, April 22 – The Ukraine crisis risks tipping up to 1.7 billion people — over one-fifth of humanity — into poverty, destitution
ImpactAlpha, Apr. 1 – High-impact investments in fragile countries invariably entail political risk. And impact investments in a free press, humanitarian tech, financial inclusion
David Bank chats with Acre Africa’s Niza Banda in the next conversation from the recent “Connecting capital to communities” gathering at the Salzburg
Drawing Africa’s pension funds deeper into impact investing is one of the goals of this week’s Africa Impact Summit in Cape Town, South
David Bank chats with Empowa’s Glen Jordan in the next conversation from the recent “Connecting Capital to Communities” gathering at the Salzburg Global
David Bank chats with FarMart’s Samridhi Singh in the next conversation in our series from the recent Salzburg Global Seminar on “Connecting Capital
David Bank chats with FarMart’s Samridhi Singh in the next conversation in our series from the recent Salzburg Global Seminar on “Connecting Capital
David Bank catches up with Michaela Kauer of the city of Vienna to talk about that city’s model of social, affordable housing. Plus,
Host Monique Aiken has the headlines and Known Holding’s Valerie Red-Horse Mohl joins David Bank to talk about moving capital at scale to
Contributing editor Imogen Rose-Smith joins host Brian Walsh to discuss why, despite the recent ESG backlash, institutional impact investors are doubling down on
David Bank joins host Monique Aiken to talk about the ownership economy, ESG backlash, and system-level investing. Plus the headlines. Follow all of
Jeff Skoll first became well-known as the president (and first full-time employee) of a nascent Internet marketplace known as eBay.  Then he built
Jack Moriarty of Ownership America chats with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank about employee ownership and new legislation to help investors back companies that are
Eunice Ajim, founding partner Ajim Capital speaks with David Bank about her personal journey to launch the fund and her mission to support tech entrepreneurs
Over the last few years, the main story around U.S. food waste funding has been that private capital has started to pay attention and invest
Investors focused on societal impact are often concerned with corporate treatment of workers.    To assess job quality performance across a portfolio, they generally
There is untapped capacity and enthusiasm for catalytic capital by “high net wealth individuals” (HNIs) and family offices. TONIIC recently surveyed more than
In late May, leaders from the GSG and National Advisory Boards (NABs) met for the Global Leadership Meeting in Istanbul to discuss how to accelerate
The single most important question in investing is: “When?” When do you expect you will need this money? In a year? In 30 years? 
If you build it they will come. An innovative bond issuance will help a public agency in the city of Cincinnati acquire and
Those of us working to grow investments into and by communities of color know the statistics well: fewer than 2% of assets under
Staple crops like corn, wheat and plantains are being impacted by climate change. So is the coffee we drink; farmers are being forced
Access to finance is the biggest constraint to small business growth—and the economic development potential they can unlock—in emerging markets. Africa’s young but
Editor’s Note: Deonta Wortham of RockHealth.org, reviews the growth of the digital health innovation market, along with data that investors are missing some
Editor’s Note: Guillermo Pepe, founder and CEO of Mamotest, elaborates on the opportunity of using AI to expand access to healthcare in new
As we approach Juneteeth while celebrating LGBTQIA+ this month, we should think about how active ownership of publicly traded stocks is imperative for
Many investors look at promising new climate solutions and say, ‘Great, come back to me when you have traction.’ Azolla Ventures is more
ImpactAlpha, June 30 – The first thing that Katherine Stodulka does when you meet her is suggest you meet someone else. Then she’ll
ImpactAlpha, May 26 – A decade ago, investors pushed back against the loan products Jessica Espinoza was designing for female business owners as
ImpactAlpha, May 12 – Nigeria-born climate entrepreneur and “professional nomad” Aina Abiodun is bullish on place-based climate innovation. “There is nothing more urgent than
ImpactAlpha, May 5 – John Moore quit his corporate gig and moved to Philadelphia two decades ago. He found a city rich in
ImpactAlpha, April 28 — A first generation Nigerian-American, Su Sanni grew up in East New York, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens. The low-income neighborhoods,
ImpactAlpha, Apr. 21 – Attorney and academic Lourdes Germán recognized early the power of public finance. She has spent years working at firms including
ImpactAlpha, Apr. 14 – “Net zero is not going to get us anywhere,” Ariane Mahler of Veridien Global Investors tells ImpactAlpha’s David Bank. “You
ImpactAlpha, March 24 – Hundreds of companies and investors this week urged policymakers to protect their “freedom to invest responsibly,” marking a new
What is the net worth of Salt Lake City? It’s a relatively straightforward exercise to total up the balance sheet of a company
ImpactAlpha, March 10 – Laura Ortiz Montemayor is not on board with decarbonization or its advocates.  “Carbon is key to life. It’s a
ImpactAlpha, Feb. 17 – Years before this week’s elegant and understated Super Bowl appearance, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty turned down the NFL’s invitation to headline
Concerns about accusations of ‘impact washing’ is driving demand for third-party assessments of impact practices and reporting. 
New York-based BlueMark raised $10 million to expand its verification business, including from three Singapore-based investors that are encouraging the firm to expand its activities in Asia. 
“We want all investments to be accountable for impact and BlueMark to be the mark of impact, integrity and quality,” BlueMark’s Christina Leijonhufvud told ImpactAlpha. “We are helping make life easier for capital allocators to sort between the wheat and the chaff. We’re a real antidote to the trend of impact washing and greenwashing.”
S&P Global’s venture unit led the Series A financing, with participation from Temasek Trust Capital, the Singapore sovereign wealth fund’s philanthropic arm, and Blue Haven Initiative, Gunung Capital, and Tsao Family Office. Ford Foundation and Radicle Impact, which invested in BlueMark’s $2.25 million seed round last year, also committed new capital.
Since 2020, BlueMark has completed 125 verifications for investors with more than $200 billion in combined assets under management. Much of its practice has centered around the the Operating Principles for Impact Management (see, “‘Operating principles’ help investors hold asset managers accountable for impact”). Increasingly, the firm has also assessed investment firms against Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, or SFDR, and other frameworks. The firms also verifies firms’ impact reporting as well as the criteria for sustainability-linked loans and bonds. 
Some asset allocators are adding impact verification to their due diligence questionnaires. Leijonhufvud said British International Investment retains BlueMark to assess prospective fund managers as part of its standard process. 
BlueMark has shared its research on impact management practices, benchmarks, and impact reporting, including in sponsored posts on ImpactAlpha.
“We do have clients who are committed to learning and improving and the fact that we approach the service in a way that provides the client with insights as to how they can improve and fill their gaps and so on is appealing to them,” Leijonhufvud said.
Probably the majority of clients are first and foremost motivated by fear of being accused of impact-washing,” she added. “I do think, certainly, that CYA is a motivator.”
Choose beats that you’re interested in, and we’ll show you more of them as you explore…
Native-led Navajo Power leans into the just transition with community benefits and local jobs. Rapid development of clean energy capacity and a just transition are needed to confront the increasingly urgent climate crisis. Navajo Power is out to prove that it’s possible to profitably decarbonize the economy and strengthen and build wealth in Indigenous communities. In five years, the solar developer has established a three-gigawatt pipeline of solar-plus-storage projects in tribal communities across the United States, including a 750-megawatt facility near a now defunct 2.3-gigawatt coal-fired power plant on Navajo Nation. When the company’s projects come online, local communities will get a cut of the profits to use as they see fit. “It’s a way for us to reinvest in communities beyond traditional land leases and taxes,” Navajo Power’s Brett Isaac tells ImpactAlpha, adding, “We’re able to utilize the benefit of working with communities to build our company.” 
BII anchors SDG Outcomes Fund with $10 million for development impact bonds. The fund is seeking $100 million to seed approximately 15 to 20 “development impact bonds” that target positive health, education, employment and environmental outcomes in West Africa and South Asia. British International Investment’s commitment marks its first investment in development impact bonds, contracts that are repaid when social and environmental outcomes are achieved. The UK’s development finance institution joins the Development Finance Corp. as an anchor investor in the fund. Other investors include Dubai-based Legatum, the Tsao Family Office and high-net-worth individuals. UBS Optimus Foundation and Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, a nonprofit subsidiary of Bridges Fund Management, launched the fund “to improve lives at scale and, over time, to transform the way in which development projects are designed and delivered,” said Bridges’ Mila Lukic
🍻 Brewing employee ownership. The unionized workers of Anchor Brewing, the historic San Francisco brewery that announced it will shutter, have launched an effort to purchase the brewery and run it as a worker co-op. (Vinepair)
Sherry Madera, senior vice president of public policy at Mastercard, will step into a new role as CEO of CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)… Eric Nee is retiring in January after 17 years as editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The magazine is on the hunt for a replacement… Skoll Foundation seeks a program manager in Palo Alto.
David Bank chats with Acre Africa’s Niza Banda in the next conversation from the recent “Connecting capital to communities” gathering at the Salzburg
ImpactAlpha, July 21 – As much of the planet withers under historic heat, here’s some cool news: the energy transition is happening even faster
ImpactAlpha, July 21 — The race is on to commercialize green ammonia, a gas made from a chemical reaction between nitrogen separated from
ImpactAlpha, July 24 – Rapid development of new clean energy capacity may be what’s needed amid an increasingly urgent climate crisis. But fast
ImpactAlpha, July 12 — A “new wealth agenda” aims to increase by 10-fold the wealth of U.S. households of color and those in
ImpactAlpha, July 6 — Los Angeles-based fast-casual chain Everytable has raised $25 million to support its growth plan, “which includes opening retail locations
ImpactAlpha, June 28 — Chicago Trend is looking to raise $50 million to purchase and renovate blighted neighborhood shopping centers in majority-Black neighborhoods.
ImpactAlpha, May 24 – The mechanics and other employees at Clegg Auto’s four car-repair shops in northern Utah since last fall have received an
ImpactAlpha, May 24 – The Ford Foundation liked the “quality jobs” focus of Two Sigma Impact, the private equity manager that last month raised
ImpactAlpha, May 23 – Nearly 30% of America’s homeless live in California. Among the state’s extremely low-income households who are housed, nearly 80%
ImpactAlpha, May 18 — Employee ownership is having a moment. One promising strategy: democratizing the franchise model to widen pathways to ownership and
ImpactAlpha, May 9 – Kentucky Derby winner Mage isn’t the only community-owned asset with national momentum (almost 400 fractional investors held a 25%
ImpactAlpha, May 4 – The world’s growing uses for data are creating an environmental problem: data centers consume a lot of energy. Preventing
ImpactAlpha, April 17 – Private equity firm Secha Capital made its name as an early investor in South Africa’s bread and butter businesses.
ImpactAlpha, Mar. 31 – The search for a universal metric to guide investments in racial justice and equitable wealth-building was…aspirational. “We are still a
ImpactAlpha, July 20 – Historically Black colleges and universities may represent the ultimate social impact investment.  But instead of enjoying a social-benefit premium, many
If you build it they will come. An innovative bond issuance will help a public agency in the city of Cincinnati acquire and
Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha has partnered with HIP Investor to highlight upcoming bond issues with social and/or environmental significance. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post
ImpactAlpha, Jun. 22 – Even as some politicians ramp up anti-ESG rhetoric, asset owners and allocators are signaling an appetite for investment strategies
ImpactAlpha, Jun. 14 – A new family of exchange-traded funds will align around companies that derive the bulk of their revenues from solutions for
ImpactAlpha, Jun. 8 – Sunlight is often the best disinfectant.  In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in 2020, a simple tool
Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha has partnered with HIP Investor to highlight upcoming bond issues with social and/or environmental significance. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post
Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha has partnered with HIP Investor to highlight upcoming bond issues with social and/or environmental significance. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post
Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha has partnered with HIP Investor to highlight upcoming bond issues with social and/or environmental significance. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post
This story was originally published by Next City as part of The Bottom Line, a newsletter exploring scalable solutions to advance affordability, inclusive economic growth and access
Editor’s note: ImpactAlpha has partnered with HIP Investor to highlight upcoming bond issues with social and/or environmental significance. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post
ImpactAlpha, May 1 – Massachusetts-based Divert culls food waste from US-based food retailers and converts it to natural gas through anaerobic digestion. A
ImpactAlpha, July 21 — The majority of employers in this week’s impact jobs roundup are looking to scoop up impact talent in Europe,
ImpactAlpha, July 14 — The majority of openings on this week’s impact jobs board are in big cities such as New York and
ImpactAlpha, July 7 — The summer impact jobs board in the US and abroad is starting to fill up. The latest: US East
ImpactAlpha, June 30 — Impact associates, managers, analysts and directors are in demand, both in the U.S. and globally. Just this week: US
ImpactAlpha, June 23 — Impact funds and investors are looking to bring in new talent, from managers to analysts and coordinators to principals.
ImpactAlpha, June 16 — Impact investors in the U.S. and abroad are hiring associates, analysts and directors. Just this week: In New York
ImpactAlpha, June 9 — Governments, banks and foundations are looking for talent to fill in new impact roles. Just this week: East Coast 
For those challenging a strong incumbent or powerful status quo, victory starts where your opponents are not looking. To win, insurgent candidates like
Tired of business as usual? Want to make a difference in the world? ImpactAlpha is looking for an ambitious, data-driven reporter to join
ImpactAlpha, May 26 — Impact fund managers and investors are looking for new talent in big cities, including New York, San Francisco, Paris
ImpactAlpha, May 19 — Impact investors in the US, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America are hunting for talent, from impact associates to
ImpactAlpha, May 12 — One Acre Fund this week announced it will reduce staff in its Kenya operations by nearly half as the

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