What we can learn from the “vibrant, dynamic, and rapidly growing impact economy” in Philadelphia.

What we can learn from the “vibrant, dynamic, and rapidly growing impact economy” 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 spoke with angel investor John Moore, who serves as the Executive Chair of ImpactPHL.

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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; Harry Halloran, Halloran Philanthropies and others to share their expertise with Total Impact attendees. This event is designed for financial advisors and investors who want to create social impact within their portfolios, but need a better understanding of today’s best practices, executable strategies and ideas to incorporate impact into portfolios.

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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. To answer that call GCP is launching Total Impact, a new conference series dedicated to practical education and advice for investors and advisors to adopt more socially responsible investment strategies across asset classes.

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Announcing the GCP Initiatives

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.

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Find Good Capital Project at SOCAP

 

It's SOCAP time!
 

On Tuesday, October 10 Good Capital Project is hosting design workshops titled “Education Programs to scale impact investing”, and “The Impact Economy Supply Chain” at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm respectively. The first workshop is the natural progression of our discussions surrounding “Creating Shared Understanding”, “Impact Measurement & Management”, and “Enabling the Entrepreneur” in which time and again stakeholders across the spectrum, have reiterated the critical need of accessible, and comprehensive education programs that meet the requirements of different audience sets.

The second workshop integrates the recurring themes of our other three Grand Challenges - “Efficient Product Design & Distribution”, “Investable Solutions”, and “Legal Structures & Policy” and we have curated experienced voices who work at different stages of the impact value chain, to provide a complete perspective on the current baseline and to brainstorm optimal ways to achieve scale. Please find more details here.

You will also find us at booth # 9. We would love to say hello and hear your thoughts, recommendations, and partnership ideas.


We appreciate your involvement with Good Capital Project and look forward to continuing our engagement at SOCAP.

Here's to a great week at SOCAP! 

Dana Brakman Reiser of Brooklyn Law School has a new book on the state of the social enterprise law.

Social enterprises represent a new kind of venture, dedicated to pursuing profits for owners and benefits for society. Social Enterprise Law provides tools that will allow them to raise the capital they need to flourish.  
 
Social Enterprise Law weaves innovation in contract and corporate governance into powerful protections against insiders sacrificing goals such as environmental sustainability in the pursuit of short-term profits. Creating a stable balance between financial returns and public benefits will allow social entrepreneurs to team up with impact investors that share their vision of a double bottom line. Brakman Reiser and Dean show how novel legal technologies can allow social enterprises to access capital markets, including unconventional sources such as crowdfunding. With its straightforward insights into complex areas of the law, the book shows how a social mission can even be shielded from the turbulence of an acquisition or bankruptcy. It also shows why, as the metrics available to measure the impact of social missions on individuals and communities become more sophisticated, such legal innovations will continue to become more robust.  
 
By providing a comprehensive survey of the U.S. laws and a bold vision for how legal institutions across the globe could be reformed, this book offers new insights and approaches to help social enterprises raise the capital they need to flourish. It offers a rich guide for students, entrepreneurs, investors, and practitioners. 

More information about the book can be found at www.oup.com/us, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore. 
 
 

GIIN: Impact Reporting and Investment Standards

GIIN: Impact Reporting and Investment Standards

IRIS is managed by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. The GIIN offers IRIS as a free public good to support transparency, credibility, and accountability in impact measurement practices across the impact investing industry.

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