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Impact News Roundup - June 2021

Welcome to our monthly Impact News Roundup, where we highlight interesting news in the impact investing industry and some of our own highlights. We are dedicated to keeping our stakeholders informed and that starts here. Subscribe to our newsletter today!


Oikocredit US Doubles Board of Directors, Prepares High-impact Initiative

We are pleased to announce the election of six new members to our board of directors, bringing the board’s size to 14, with a seventh new director to replace a retiring director at year-end. This influx adds investment-related expertise to our board as the national nonprofit organization is launching a recoverable grant product this month to galvanize philanthropic capital from values-driven US investors into high-impact, ethical investments in Latin America, Africa and Asia.


Carmiña’s Story: Building a Family Business

The ups and downs of family businesses are well known. Many people depend on a family business for their livelihood, their children's education, and the hope of creating stability for future generations. In these pandemic times, the family business also means that families can be together and support each other.


A False Choice: Impact vs. Return

How can foundations make and support impact investments? Find out by watching the rebroadcast of our free webinar featuring Dr. Kirsten Andersen.

Dr. Andersen and Oikocredit US' Sara Shoff discuss their various research projects on the role that institutional investors, such as foundations, play in the field of impact investing. Dr. Andersen is the Resident Sociologist and Engaged Research Expert at Impacto Consulting. She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. Her dissertation examines nonprofit institutions in the impact investing market.


Faith-Based Investing Makes Up Ground in Gains and Convenience

So you don't have to give up risk-adjusted returns to align your investments with your faith values, but should that be the goal? Faith-based investors have the opportunity to implement a wide definition of social impact and a wide definition of expected returns.


So You Want to Make a Positive Social Impact with Your Investments?

You can move your money into sustainable investment funds - limiting or avoiding negative environmental and social impacts from your investments.

But what if you want to make a positive, measurable social impact with your investments?


Millennials, ESG & the Rise in Ethical Investing

Ethical investing -- where millennials lead, markets follow.

"When it comes to the subject of investing, a discussion on ethics might not be the first thing that springs to mind. After all, the primary function of companies is to make money for their shareholders, and the only reason you invest in a company is to see a return on that investment, right? Well, the landscape is starting to shift, thanks to a new generation of more ethically-minded investors, and a fintech market that is capitalizing on this."


Are you an impact investor?

Have you made an impact investment? Do you expect it to return 0, 1, 3, 5, or 8%? What type of social or environmental impact do you want it to make?

Impact investments can make an extensive variety of impacts and provide a wide range of financial returns.


Three Ways to Redeem Stock Market Investing

Many faith-based investors are moving from using negative screens to incorporating values, impact, and active engagement in their investing.

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