Impact News Roundup - October 2021

Welcome to our monthly Impact News Roundup, where we highlight interesting news in

the impact investing industry along with insights from Oikocredit US. We are dedicated

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A Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Gripne


What has Forbes calling Stephanie Gripne the "Steve Jobs of impact investing?" Find out in the September episode of Alignment: Using Your Values to Invest in Social Change.


As Founder and Executive Director of the Impact Finance Center (IFC), Stephanie is the creative force behind three educational initiatives to accelerate the impact investing movement, and to move $1T of investment capital into quality nonprofits and social ventures.

On September 29, Oikocredit US’ CEO Matt Eldridge and COO Sara Shoff talked with Stephanie about how she is helping to change the impact sector.



Visit our archive to watch each episode of Alignment.

Final Report Released: Oikocredit US 2020 Impact Investing Market Study and Stakeholder Research


Oikocredit US undertook this research to better understand the state of the US retail impact investing market. Our primary research consisted of interviews and surveys with 15 foundations, 13 faith-based organizations, and 65 individuals. We found that:

  • 71% of individuals had made sustainable and/or impact investments.

  • Individuals are willing to make longer-term investments with lower returns for a high-impact purpose.

  • Foundations are interested in concessionary returns for impact investments - but only from their limited program-related investment portfolio


Visit our blog to read the full report.

2021 Impact Report Webinar: Resilience and Togetherness



On Friday, September 24, Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit US came together to celebrate the recent launch of Oikocredit International's 2021 Impact Report. Oikocredit board members, staff, and guests participated in a discussion about the role impact investors like Oikocredit play in COVID-19 recovery.


The audience questions were fielded by moderator, Karen Tsang and answered by panelists, John Berry and Lindsay Wallace.


Visit our blog to read more and watch the webinar.

Leading Investment Consultants Form Global Initiative to Push for Net Zero


The PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) will host the Net Zero Investment Consultants Initiative (NZICI), an initiative from some of the world’s most prominent investment consultants to align their operations and advisory services with the 1.5 degree emissions trajectory outlined in the Paris Agreement. NZICI members advise on assets exceeding $10 trillion, and this initiative is critical in moving institutional investors in a timely transition to net zero emissions.


Visit the PRI for the full story.

Business Education Must Evolve: A Faith-based Lens Can Help Relocate Its Purpose


Prof. Atul K Shah at the City University of London recently observed that, "Significant questions are now being asked about the very purpose of business enterprise, and about the need for sustainable firms and leadership. This means that corporate leaders need to have a long-term mindset and to be concerned not just for their own bottom line, but also for wider society and the environment."


Visit Pioneers Post for the full story.

Advancing Faith Values Through Impact Investing


Calvert Impact Capital released a short guide for faith investors and their financial professionals.


"Investing is an extension of our faith and mission to positively impact underserved communities." - Cathy Rowan, Trinity Health


Visit Calvert Impact Capital to read the full guide.

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