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Module 4: Unit 4

Impact and mission-based investing

Impact investing is the process of investing capital to generate social impact in a way that also provides monetary returns.

In this unit you will find examples of families that have started the process of impact investing and how your own family can begin to invest in social issues.

Read (15 minutes)
What is impact investing and why should philanthropists consider it? This article gives the basics of impact investing and gives a few pros and cons of philanthropists using it as a strategy to make change and work towards social justice.
Read (10 minutes)
Getting started with impact investing: Overcoming resistance from family and board members This article presents practical solutions and advice regarding one of the most commonly cited challenges for getting started in impact/mission investing: getting board buy-in.
Read (10 minutes)
7 Things We've Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years We are proud that impact investments are punching bigger than the weight of those two words, providing a vibrant and viable option for investors looking to generate both financial return and make social or environmental impact.
Read (45 minutes)
Impact investing: A guide for philanthropists and social investors Read this article for a brief introduction to impact investing and where philanthropists and families fall within this area.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Impact investing and family philanthropy: a one-two punch Watch this webinar replay to hear from families that have experienced impact investing and tips on how investing in social causes can benefit family foundations.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Mission investing: Overcoming resistance and getting started This webinar features tips for how you can engage your board in a thoughtful conversation about the options and added benefits of mission investing.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Impact investing: An opportunity to make a bigger difference This video discusses impact investing as a way to make a difference on a small scale and a large scale.
Do (30 minutes)

Global Impact Investing Network

Visit the Global Impact Investing Network website and connect with other impact-driven donors

Completing the activity: The Global Impact Investing Network is another membership organization offering resources, learning opportunities and connections to donors worldwide.