Impact Investing & COVID-19: Curated Resources Part 2

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We continue to scan our best sources to provide you with updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting impact investing. Check out our first article on this topic from earlier this week.

We are seeing more impact investing leaders weigh in on COVID-19 effects. Journalists continue to share key insights into what’s happening now and what we can expect to come.

Anne Field, Forbes

Forbes contributor Anne Field has been a longstanding influencer and proponent of impact investing and social entrepreneurship.

Her recent interviews include Kate Danaher of RSF Social Finance

Attorney and Social Enterprise Advocate Marc J. Lane

Allie Burns of Village Capital

Gillian Tett, Financial Times

Gillian Tett, chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US, of the Financial Times, recently discussed how COVID-19 is transforming the impact investing landscape in a podcast with Paul van Zyl of The Conduit.

“People may think we can’t focus on impact investing right now, but this crisis has proved the folly of seeing the world only through short term investment returns and profits.”

Side note: The Financial Times is currently offering complimentary 30-day access (once registered) to its Coronavirus Business Update newsletter.

Impact Alpha

Impact Alpha shares insights from professors at Georgetown, Cornell, ESPAE (in Ecuador) and Northwestern can creatively deploy financial interventions to aid organizations during this unprecedented time (paywall).

ImpactAssets

According to this recent Barron’s article featuring ImpactAssets:

Investors who care about creating a positive impact for society have been stepping up to finance companies directly involved in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and to make sure others doing important work have the cash to keep going, according to ImpactAssets in Bethesda, Md. By the end of the second quarter of 2020, investments made through the ImpactAssets donor advised fund, or DAF, will exceed $143 million, more than total investments made in the fund all of last year.

The Bridgespan Group

Bridgespan has a special collection of its COVID-19 resources for nonprofits, funders and impact investors that includes advice on ways impact investors can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governance and Accountability Institute

G&A’s Sustainability Blog is covering a wide range of topics related to how companies are responding to COVID-19, including sustainable and impact investing.

The UN-Supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

The PRI recently outlined 7 immediate investment actions that responsible investors should prioritize to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

To read more of our impact investing and COVID-19 coverage, visit our earlier article here.

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