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Impact Investing Drives Philanthropy

The most promising trend in philanthropy today is impact investing. That’s the finding of the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015. Investment in companies that actively contribute to society is now viewed as more dynamic, more solutions-based than socially responsible investing, which is usually defined as avoiding investment in certain companies, industries, and/or regions. Impact investments inject capital into businesses that put into action sustainable market solutions, with the expectation of ROI as well as social benefits. And there are several ways such investments can be made, from impact bonds to mission-defined funds; impact investing is more an approach than an asset class. This trend is resulting in a new, innovative hybrid of philanthropic practice and sustainable business models that aims to make more good things happen faster.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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