SEI New Impact Investing Course

New Impact Investing Course

by Professor Dennis Shaughnessy

Study­ing Social Impact Invest­ing:  Con­nect­ing Com­pas­sion and Capital

 Social impact invest­ing is a rapidly emerg­ing sec­tor within the global invest­ment com­mu­nity in which investors fund inno­v­a­tive enter­prises ded­i­cated to cre­atively solv­ing the world’s most dif­fi­cult social prob­lems, such as extreme poverty, access to clean water, san­i­ta­tion, agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and lit­er­acy.  His­tor­i­cally, these ini­tia­tives were orga­nized as non-profits or char­i­ties and received fund­ing from dona­tions and grants from foun­da­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies.  Today, many social entre­pre­neurs are instead using for-profit and hybrid busi­ness mod­els to attract invest­ment cap­i­tal in the form of equity invest­ments, loans and other forms of so-called “patient” cap­i­tal.  Stu­dents study the investors, entre­pre­neurs and enter­prises com­pris­ing the global impact invest­ing uni­verse, and develop a prac­ti­cal, real-world and sus­tain­able impact invest­ing port­fo­lio.  This course was taught by Pro­fes­sor Shaugh­nessy to Hon­ors Pro­gram stu­dents in the Spring semes­ter.  A DMSB open enroll­ment ver­sion of this course is pend­ing approval for the Fall semester.

Please visit the Registrar’s web­site to sign up!