A World of Positive Returns

Insights

Open for Business

Research Report June 18, 2014

Commissioned by Omidyar Network, Lateral Economics’ Open for Business report is the first study to quantify and illustrate the potential of open data to help the G20 achieve its 2% economic growth target.

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Newsroom

The G8’s Social Impact Taskforce Issues Recommendations to Spur Billions of Dollars in Impact Investment Worldwide

Announcement September 14, 2014

US National Advisory Board’s Policy Recommendations Are Incorporated to Spur Investment in the United States

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From the Blog

On Innovators and Pinballs

September 3, 2014

Five paths to scale in early-stage impact investing. You’ve heard it before: Charity doesn’t scale; business does. Social entrepreneurs and impact investors have been hard at work applying business best practices and market principles to some of the world’s most pressing issues—

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SPOTLIGHT

How
can we advance impact investing worldwide?

OUR TAKE

Markets can harness innovation and capital for public good.

By Paula Goldman

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DISCUSSION

NAB on #ImpInv @ImpactInvestUS

.@devindthorpe to interview NAB members via Google Hangout TODAY at 6pm EDT. Watch: t.co/RZlGbXNIVT #impinv t.co/8EgT8fAMcY

A WORLD OF POSITIVE RETURNS

We invest in entrepreneurs and their visionary ideas that create opportunities for people to improve their lives, their communities, and the world around them.

WHO WE ARE
 

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

ALIGNMENT
Does the investee align with our core mission and values?
IMPACT
Is the investee likely to achieve traction in its field?
POTENTIAL FOR SCALE
Is the idea big enough to grow beyond its current size?
LEADERSHIP
Is there a strong vision for where to go next?
INNOVATION
Is this something we haven’t seen before?

INVESTMENT APPROACH

We

We are structured to support the notion that philanthropy is more than a type of funding. In its truest sense, philanthropy is about improving the lives of others, independent of the mechanism. Consequently, we work across the social and business sectors, operating both a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a 501(c)(3) foundation.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

COMMITMENTS

Total amount committed since inception:
$730
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$326
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$404
million