Impact Investing: Who’s Doing It

From Niche to Mainstream

StartingUpGood Magazine
3 min readMay 3, 2018


It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a new commitment to impact investing . And they’re getting bigger: Bain Capital’s $390 million Double Impact Fund, Ford Foundation’s $1 billion commitment to mission-related investments from its endowment, KKR’s $1 billion Global Impact Fund, TPG Growth’s $2 billion Rise Fund — and the list goes on.

Asset managers, private equity firms, investment banks, high net worth individuals, family offices, pension funds, foundations, nonprofit endowments, religious groups, corporate venture capital initiatives are all entering the ecosystem. It appears impact investing is rapidly moving from a niche interest to a mainstream investment choice.

We can’t keep track of all of the new market entrants, but these resources are doing a good job of it.


ImpactSpace is an open data platform powered by ImpactAlpha. ImpactSpace, which is accessible to everyone, helps connect companies, investors, deals, and people in the impact investing ecosystem.

ImpactAlpha also maintains The Acceleration Selection Tool. This tools aggregates the global impact accelerator landscape to help “social entrepreneurs easily find accelerator programs that best fit the need of their venture, while providing valuable social enterprise and market trend data to impact accelerators and investors.”

Impact Investing Network Map

The Case Foundation, along with ImpactSpace and Crunchbase, have created the Impact Investing Network Map (beta form). With the goal of fostering “a better understanding of the size, breadth, depth and… potential of this field, the platform demonstrates publicly available impact transactions between investors and companies.

Learn more through our coverage of The Case Foundation’s live demonstration webinar.


The GIIN manages ImpactBase, a searchable, online database of impact investment funds and products designed for investors. Users who can verify themselves as accredited investors can apply for a free subscription to the database.

Impact Assets

Started by Calvert Impact Capital in 2010, Impact Assets 50 is an annual showcase of impact investment fund managers, focused on private debt and equity fund managers. You can search by year, fund manager name and by total assets.


AngelList’s Ventures for Good identifies accredited angel investors who are interested in investing in startups with a social purpose.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investments

USSIF’s online member directory allows you search by such categories as Banks & Credit Unions, Institutional investors, Mutual Fund & Investment Companies, and Venture Capital/Private Equity.

Invest with Values

Invest with Values maintains a searchable directory with over 300 resources organized by topic.



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