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& Insights

Resources created and curated to support the growth of impact investing, for those new to the field and for experienced practitioners.

Issue Briefs

ImpactAssets Issue Briefs explore topics of interest to impact investors, wealth advisors and others active in the field of impact investing.  They are offered as a resource to those seeking a deeper understanding of impact investing and of current issues being discussed by those active in the field.

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Issue Brief #14

Understanding Impact: The Current and Future State of Impact Investing Research An assessment of the current state of research on impact investing, with reference to the broad sustainable investment landscape that encompasses public and private, as well as domestic and global markets. Additionally, the Brief proposes a defined agenda for future research in both academic and professional practices.

By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist and Lindsay Smalling, Strategic Initiatives Officer 

The Purpose of Capital

The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows and Personal Being
By Jed Emerson

The ImpactAssets Handbook For Investors

The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors: Generating Social and Environmental Value through Capital Investing
Edited by Jed Emerson

The Impact Investor

The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism by Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson & Ben Thornley

The Impact Investor Project

ImpactAssets has partnered with the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University and InSight at Pacific Community Ventures to build data-driven and practitioner-guided knowledge for the rapidly growing field of impact investing.

Impact Investing

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference by Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed Emerson


Impact Stories

Impact investing is tackling problems from poverty to global warming. Read about the changes investment dollars are helping to finance in communities worldwide.

Additional Resources

View other organizations in the space and find research papers about impact investing.

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Impact investments are investments made into organizations and funds that generate measurable social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.