For years, philanthropy and investing have been treated as separate disciplines鈥攐ne championing social change, the other financial gain. The idea that the two approaches could be integrated in the same deals once struck most philanthropists and investors as far-fetched. Not anymore.
Impact investing, which seeks to generate social and/or environmental benefits while delivering a financial return, is expanding as a promising tool for both investors and philanthropists. From the US SIF Foundation鈥檚 2016 Report, assets under management that incorporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) considerations totaled $8.72 trillion鈥攚hich represents a 33 percent increase over 2014.
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