Impact Investing

An Academic Perspective on Blended Finance and Impact Investing

In this podcast episode, we delve into a deep conversation about the evolution of blended finance over the years. We explore early structures such as the world’s first social impact bond in Peterborough, among others, and discuss concessional finance’s role in uplifting individuals out of poverty through

Helping the Poor in the Midst of Affluence: Promoting Microcredit in American Inner Cities

Microfinance has proved its value in many countries as a major means of alleviating poverty. It has the potential to change people’s lives for the better, as innovation and creativity are found everywhere and people start companies based on their entrepreneurial leanings. Out of a world population of seven billion, almost 60 percent are poor


Gift puts Utah’s Legacy of Impact Investing, Salt Lake City on the Map

James Lee Sorenson donates $13 million to the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah for the creation of the James Lee Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Philanthropy in Utah took a large step on Jan. 29 when the business school at the


The Democratization of Fund and Equity Raising

From the year 2009 through 2012, “crowdfunding,” a new type of fundraising, grew 91 percent in its worldwide funding volume. Over those four years,its funding volume increased from $530 million to $2.8 billion. What is this fast-growing fundraising phenomenon? It involves a combination of the Internet and social networking to attract a wide variety of interested donors and investors to

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