Wharton Digital Press
May 6, 2014
A new wave of investors is using impact investing to address some of the greatest challenges of our time – from climate change and water scarcity to lack of access to health care, education, and affordable housing – with the intention of also generating a financial return
This couldn’t happen at a more critical time. While philanthropy continues to be a transformative force for good, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with the development or aid budgets of many national governments, add up to mere billions of dollars. Meanwhile, the cost of solving the world’s problems runs into the trillions.
In The Power of Impact Investing, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, two of the foremost experts in the field, explain what impact investing is, how it compares to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are evolving around the world, and how to get started.
By sharing moving stories of impact investors and the exciting social enterprises benefiting from these investments, RodIn and Brandenburg offer a compelling resource for anyone interested in better understanding the power of impact investing – including retail investors, high-net-worth individuals, and heads of family offices, foundations, banks, and pension funds – while also offering experienced impact investors an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and benefit from the perspectives of other investors.
Judith Rodin is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. She previously served as the president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost at Yale.
Margot Brandenburg was formerly senior associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, and is currently a fellow at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, where she is working on the launch of several social enterprise startups.
For more than 100 years, the Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Please visit www.rockerfellerfoundation.org.