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TOP 5 BOOKS on Impact Ivesting

Even though there are much more than 5 great books written on impact investing, which you can find in our library below, in this video we present TOP 5 BOOKS for your attention for the beginners and professionals.

Find the right book for you and enjoy reading!

Hot Stocks: Investing for Impact and Profit in a Warming World

The world is warming, our portfolios will have to adapt, and the stocks we own can help shape our future; 

James Ellman shows how to invest wisely as climate change impacts multiple sectors across the stock market. The costs of global warming and its mitigation will have a major impact on equity market performance over the next two decades. As the climate changes, investors will need to understand which are the best-positioned market sectors and stocks as well as those to avoid. Hot Stocks provides a roadmap detailing how to invest in this new reality. It evaluates the many ways global warming will affect profit flows in the economy.

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Valuing Nature: A Handbook for Impact Investing

As the world faces unprecedented challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss, the resources needed far outstrip the capabilities of nonprofits and even governments. Yet there are seeds of hope—and much of that hope comes from the efforts of the private sector. Impact investing is rapidly becoming an essential tool, alongside philanthropy and government funding, in tackling these major problems. Valuing Nature presents a new set of nature-based investment areas to help conservationists and investors work together. NatureVest founder William Ginn outlines the emerging private sector investing opportunities in natural assets such as green infrastructure, forests, soils, and fisheries.

Valuing Nature provides a roadmap for conservation professionals, nonprofit managers, and impact investors seeking to use market-based strategies to improve the management of natural systems.

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Investing For Good: The Surprising Strategy for Building Wealth While Also Making an Impact

Annie Dickerson and Julie Lam are the founders of Goodegg Investments, a company that helps people learn about and invest in real estate syndications so they can build passive income and spend more time with their families.Annie and Julie are members of the Forbes Real Estate Council, have been interviewed in numerous top-rated podcasts, and have delivered multiple presentations for both new and seasoned real estate investors. They are eager to learn more about you and your investing goals and to help you build passive income and achieve financial freedom.

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Invested with Purpose

You don't have to be a Christian to want to invest your money in companies that make the world a better place. But Christians and Jews have additional insight through the Scriptures that all of our money and our time belongs to God. This comprehensive worldview includes our investments. Until 1994, when Art Ally founded the Timothy Plan, investors had no way of knowing whether their dollars were being used to advance honest business practices or unholy causes. Invested with Purpose is the story of how one man's vision had led to a revolution: Biblically Responsible Investing.

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The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability

Broken into three sections, this book outlines the rationale for and methods used in six areas where financial acumen has been harnessed to the goal of combining monetary return with long run sustainability. The first section offers an introduction to the role of finance in achieving sustainability, and includes an overview of the six areas―sustainable investing, impact investing, decentralized finance, conservation finance, and cleantech finance. The methods section of the book illustrates analytical tools and specialized data sources essential to those interested in increasing the level of social responsibility embedded in economic activity. The applications section describes and differentiates each of the six areas and their roles in advancing specific measures of sustainability.

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Impact Imperative: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investing to Transform the Future

Impact Imperative author Pamela Ryan explores the likely realities facing our planet and humanity for the next few decades. We are, as she tells us, at a pivotal moment in history. Individuals, organizations, and investors are doing immense good, but extraordinary challenges are enveloping the planet, threatening life and humanity itself: escalating extreme weather events, shifting global population and power balances, widening socioeconomic disparities, and rising tensions among extremists and mainstream populations. Impact Imperative stems from consultations with over 130 professionals in the burgeoning impact innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment space.

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Social Impact in Hundred-Year Family Businesses

This is the sixth in a series of publications sharing key insights on how Centennial families have preserved their wealth, impact, and connection as a family across generations. Our team conducted over 100 interviews of both very public and highly private families who, as owners of large successful global family enterprises for more than three generations, have been “stewards of wealth.” We call these families “generative” because they continually add all forms of social, personal, and financial value. This paper looks at their philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and community investments as expressions of the families’ values and purposes and at how this commitment is transmitted across generations.

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Social Value Investing: A Management Framework for Effective Partnerships

In Social Value Investing, Howard W. Buffett and William B. Eimicke present a new management framework for developing and measuring the success of such partnerships and provide tools to help maximize collaborative efficiency and positive social impact. Social Value Investing offers practical insights for any private sector CEO, public sector administrator, or nonprofit or foundation manager hoping to build successful cross-sector partnerships. It also provides a five-point framework inspired by value investing - one of history's most successful investment paradigms - applicable to a wide range of programs and activities. Drawing on lessons and observations developed from a broad selection of collaborations, Buffett and Eimicke create a blueprint for effective, sustainable partnerships to serve the public interest.

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Impact Investing in Africa: A Guide to Sustainability for Investors, Institutions, and Entrepreneurs

As investment in new ventures across the African continent grows, and enterprises multiply in a wide variety of sectors, the next wave of challenges and opportunities has become apparent to those with the experience and vision to understand them. In this book for investors, institutions, entrepreneurs, and everyone interested in the economic future of Africa, noted Kenyan executive Edward Mungai will analyze recent successes and failures in business ventures across the African continent and identify the most important opportunities for impact investment impacting the future of Africa available today and in the near future.

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Positive Impact Investing: A Sustainable Bridge Between Strategy, Innovation, Change and Learning (Sustainable Finance)

This book illustrates the impact that a focus on environmental and social issues has on both de-risking assets and fostering innovation. Including impact as a new cornerstone of the investment triangle requires investors and clients to align interests and values and understand needs. This alignment process functions as a catalyst for transforming organizational culture within an organization and therefore initiates the external impact of the organization, but also its internal transformation, which in turn escalates the creation of impact. Describing how culture is the social glue permeating all disciplines of an organization, the book demonstrates how organizational alignment can be achieved in order to allow strategic speed, innovation and learning, and provides examples of how impact can be achieved and staff mobilized It particularly focuses on impact investing, impact entrepreneurship, innovation, de-risking asset, green investment solutions and investor movements to counteract climate change and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting culture, communication, and strategy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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