Impact Investing: A Guide for Philanthropists and Social Investors

Publication date: 
October, 2013
First coined in 2007 by the Rockefeller Foundation, impact investing is essentially an umbrella term used to describe investments that create positive social impact beyond financial returns, or an investment strategy that intentionally aligns the investments held by an organization – or in its portfolio – with the mission of that organization. In other words, impact investors seek to create social benefits, such as alleviating poverty and improving the environment, in addition to financial profits. The strategies described in this white paper, researched and written by Northern Trust, offer individuals and institutions the information needed to shape, accelerate and scale desired results.
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