Books

about Impact Investing

Conscious Investing

Practitioners' views on holistic investing approaches that benefit people and the planet

Author: Dr Christin ter Braak-Forstinger

Conscious investing enlarges the picture beyond the intention to create a positive social and environmental impact, next to achieving a financial return, and brings a systemic view to the investor. It is both a state of awareness as well as a holistic form of impactful investing.

This book aims to share approaches to conscious investing that are valid for everyone: a normal person with a family to take care of, as well as dedicated impact investing enthusiasts. Throughout, you will find personal investment stories that have created tangible real-life outcomes and positive impact in multiple ways.

Go to

Catalyzing wealth for change
guide to impact ivesting

Author: Dr. Julia Balandina Jaquier, CFA

In spite of the growing interest in impact investing, many investors, philanthropists and their advisers find it difficult to develop pragmatic, successful strategies, often not knowing where or how to start.

Catalyzing Wealth For Change is a comprehensive, practice-oriented manual, capable of helping aspiring impact investors not only to understand the field, but to become engaged in it in a meaningful way, navigating its complexities with success. It is based on the author's extensive hands-on experience in advising wealth holders and wealth managers on impact investing, the success of her first Guide to Impact Investing, published in 2011, and over 160 in-depth interviews with leading impact investors around the world.

Go to

Principles and Practice of Impact Investing

Authors: Veronica Vecchi and Luciano Balbo

This book is the first to look at impact investing as a "refocus" of venture capital to sustain the development of societal impact enterprises. Principles and Practice of Impact Investing collects chapters from international experts on the subject, discussing the foundations of the movement; analysing leading international cases; and debating future trends in the field. It also includes interviews with some of the most influential stakeholders of impact investing across the world.

Go to

Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Investment Process and Social Impact Analysis

Authors : Keith A. Allman and XIMENA ESCOBAR DE NOGALES

This book walks readers through the demanding task of properly executing an impact investment strategy, providing solutions to some of the most vexing challenges that arise when investing for both financial return and social impact.
Readers will learn how impact investing is different from other strategies, how the organization's mission affects investment decisions and structures, and what to look for in an organization prior to investing. A running example of a village distribution company illustrates the methods and concepts in action, and a full-fledged case study utilizing downloadable professional level analytical tools consolidates all examples into a real-world setting.

Go to

The Impact Investor:
Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism

Authors: Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson, Ben Thornley

The book offers precise details on what, exactly, impact investing entails, embodied in the experiences and best and proven practices of some of the world's most successful impact investors, across asset classes, geographies and areas of impact.

The book presents a simple thesis with clarity and conviction: "Impact investing can be done successfully. This is what success looks like, and this is what it requires." With much-needed lessons for practitioners, the authors view impact investing as a harbinger of a new, more "multilingual" (cross-sector), transparent, and accountable form of economic leadership.

Go to

Investing with Impact: Why Finance Is a Force for Good

Author: Jeremy K. Balkin

The book outlines the roadmap to reinvigorating a sceptical public and demoralized financial services industry by making the case that, contrary to popular misconception, finance is not the cause of the world’s problems; in fact, it can provide the solution. Author Jeremy Balkin presents the case that the finance industry can improve the state of the world by positively influencing the allocation of capital.

Investing With Impact explains the methodology of Balkin’s 6 E Paradigm, opening the toolbox to this revolutionary framework for the first time. In so doing, Balkin expands the impact investment universe, enabling mainstream capital to flow where opportunities generate positive investment returns and have demonstrable social impact.

Go to

The Pinchot Impact Index: Measuring, Comparing, and Aggregating Impact

Author: Michael “Luni” Libes

The Pinchot Impact Index is a new solution for measuring, comparing and aggregating the impact of organizations that do good in the world.
It solves the unsolved problem of aggregating impact across a set of nonprofit projects or across a portfolio of impact investments.

Michael "Luni" Libes is a 20+ year serial entrepreneur, (co)founder of six companies. His latest start-up is Fledge, the “conscious company” accelerator, and Kick, a pre-accelerator, where he helps new entrepreneurs from around the world navigates the complexities between idea and customer revenues.

Go to

Age of Sustainable Development

Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs offers readers, students, activists, environmentalists, and policy makers the tools, metrics, and practical pathways they need to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Far more than a rhetorical exercise, this book is designed to inform, inspire, and spur action.

Based on Sachs's twelve years as director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, his thirteen years advising the United Nations secretary-general on the Millennium Development Goals, and his recent presentation of these ideas in a popular online course, The Age of Sustainable Development is a landmark publication and clarion call for all who care about our planet and global justice.

Go to

Impact Investing: Vermögen wirkungsorientiert anlegen – ein Praxishandbuch

Authors: Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Herausgeber), Eberhard von Kuenheim Stiftung der BMW AG (Herausgeber) und andere

Impact Investing – wirkungsorientiertes Investieren – steckt in Deutschland im Vergleich zu anderen Ländern noch in den Kinderschuhen. Gerade Stiftungen können hier als Vorreiter wichtige Impulse setzen.

Können, dürfen und wollen Stiftungen überhaupt wirkungsorientiert investieren? Welche rechtlichen Bestimmungen bilden den Rahmen für "Impact Investing"-Aktivitäten? Wo besteht Handlungsbedarf seitens Politik und Gesetzgeber, aber auch für den Stiftungssektor? Welche Produkte muss der Markt bereitstellen und wie groß ist das Marktpotenzial?

Go to

The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good

Author: Rodin, Judith
In The Power of Impact Investing, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, two of the foremost experts in the field, explain what impact investing is, how it compares to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are evolving around the world, and how to get started.

By sharing moving stories of impact investors and the exciting social enterprises benefiting from these investments, Rodin and Brandenburg offer a compelling resource for anyone interested in better understanding the power of impact investing—including retail investors, high-net-worth individuals, and heads of family offices, foundations, banks, and pension funds—while also offering experienced impact investors an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and benefit from the perspectives of other investors.

Go to

A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot

Author: Korngold, Alice
This unique book shows companies and their executives how to profit by developing solutions to the world's most daunting challenges those that governments cannot, and have not yet addressed. Using case studies, A Better World, Inc . delineates best practices for businesses to maximize revenues and reduce costs.

Go to

Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: A Guide for Nonprofits, Companies, and Impact Investors

Authors: Marc J. Epstein, Kristi Yuthas

Thanks to Marc Epstein and Kristi Yuthas, social impact can now be evaluated with the same kind of precision achieved for any other organizational function.

Based on years of research and analysis of field studies from around the globe, Epstein and Yuthas offer a five-step process that will help you gain clarity about the impacts that matter most to you and will provide you with methods to measure and improve them. They outline a systematic approach to deciding what resources you should invest, what problem you should address, and which activities and organizations you should support. Once you’ve made those decisions, you can use their tools, frameworks, and metrics to define exactly what success looks like, even for goals like reducing global warming or poverty that are extremely difficult to measure. Then they show you how to use that data to further develop and increase your social impact.

Go to

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Authors: Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

This is the highly anticipated third edition of the best-selling book which has become the definitive resource for understanding venture capital fundraising.

This book is designed to bring transparency to the venture capital funding process and includes such topics as:
* How to raise money;
* What terms matter and which ones don't;
* How to negotiate a fair deal for everyone;
* What makes venture capitalists tick, including how they are compensated and motivated;
* How companies are valued by venture capitalists;
* How all current structures of funding work, including convertible debt, crowdfunding, pre-sales and other non-traditional methods;
* How these particular issues change through different stages of financing (seed, early, mid and late); and
* How to avoid business and legal pitfalls that many entrepreneurs make.

Go to

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference

Authors: Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson

This is the first book to chart the catalytic path of this new industry, explaining how it is and can be a positive disruptive force. It shows how impact investing is a transformational vehicle for delivering "blended value" throughout the investment spectrum, giving a single name to a set of activities previously siloed in enclaves, revealing how they are linked within what is becoming a new field of investing.

Written by two leaders in the growing field of impact investing, the book defines this emerging industry for participants on all sides of the funding equation (investors, funders and social entrepreneurs).

Go to

Contact Us

We look forward to hear from you!

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in our events, educational programs for any comments, questions about our services, suggestions, volunteering, partnerships or collaboration at info@iiic.ch or use our online form and we will revert to you.


GALILEO
International Impact Investing Centre Association

Zurich, Switzerland
Moscow, Russia
info@iiic.ch
POST ADDRESS
Galileo

International Impact Investing Centre
8000 Zurich
Switzerland

DONATION
Verein Galileo IIIC

Alternative Bank Schweiz
IBAN: CH 12 0839 0035 4513 1000 3
BIC (SWIFT-Code): ABSOCH22