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Defining Social Impact Investing

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The impact invest­ing area with the social enter­prise space is receiv­ing a lot of atten­tion lately, and for good rea­son. There is great poten­tial for accel­er­at­ing global devel­op­ment by deploy­ing pri­vate cap­i­tal to achieve social good, so long as it is done in an informed and respon­si­ble way.

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How to Build Financially Sustainable Social Enterprises

Tra­di­tional busi­nesses find a path to finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity by grow­ing their rev­enue, improv­ing their gross and oper­at­ing mar­gins, increas­ing their free cash flow, effi­ciently man­ag­ing both cap­i­tal expen­di­tures and work­ing cap­i­tal, and build­ing their asset base. Achiev­ing these finan­cial per­for­mance indi­ca­tors typ­i­cally result in easy access to financ­ing and higher stock prices.

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Alumnus Update: Finding a Path to an Impact Investing Career

Not more than three years out of col­lege, Myles Lutheran already has had a num­ber of excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in the Social Enter­prise sec­tor, not the least of which includes his cur­rent place­ment in Kenya with a devel­op­ing social enterprise.

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Alumni Sean Smith at Invested Development

            Impact invest­ing has recently become one of the most uti­lized meth­ods to effect social change in the devel­op­ing world. Many orga­ni­za­tions world­wide invest in socially minded busi­nesses, with the inten­tion of gen­er­at­ing social and finan­cial returns. One such orga­ni­za­tion is Invested Devel­op­ment, an impact invest­ment man­age­ment firm that focuses on …
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Nicaraguan Impact-Investment Fund: the capstone class is returning to Nicaragua

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A sig­na­ture pro­gram of SEI is the senior cap­stone course, Advanced Stud­ies in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship. This course helps stu­dents under­stand the role that agri­cul­tural coop­er­a­tives and enter­prises play in alle­vi­at­ing extreme poverty among rural small­holder farm­ers. To achieve this objec­tive, stu­dents travel to Nicaragua to apply their class­room learn­ing and engage in impact invest­ing of …
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Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

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The idea of “impact invest­ing” is gain­ing a great deal of atten­tion these days, includ­ing in under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion. While many insti­tu­tions have offered classes in strate­gic phil­an­thropy in recent years, and of course in tra­di­tional busi­ness invest­ing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on devel­op­ing edu­ca­tional pro­grams for a new third way of invest­ing. This new invest­ment dis­ci­pline involves socially minded investors pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal to both for profit and non-profit enter­prises that are com­mit­ted to effi­ciently address­ing social prob­lems in both a sus­tain­able and inno­v­a­tive way.

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