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The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) is an on-line forum featuring voices from a range of disciplines bringing their unique perspectives on progress towards a regenerative and inclusive global economy. JSFB contributors include thought leaders from the capital markets, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, highlighting breakthroughs in science and technology, best practices in environmental stewardship, social progress and effective governance, and creative ideas for advancement of responsible long-term economic development.
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June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Laying the Groundwork for a National Impact Investing Marketplace

Impact Finance Center (IFC), a nonprofit impact investing academic center founded in 2013 and based in Denver, believes that philanthropy is an investment and that every investment has an impact. IFC works with philanthropists and investors to understand those impacts on a broader scale and maximize the benefits of every deployment of capital. IFC uses… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Activating Investment through Donor-Advised Funds

Roughly $80 billion is currently held in donor-advised funds in the US.  We believe those funds should be aligned with the donor’s values and targeted impacts until they are ultimately given to their favorite charities.  Unlocking the donor-advised funds held by families in Colorado for impact investing will create a pool of capital that can… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Building a B Corp Ecosystem in Colorado

The B Corp community is currently made up of over 2,100 companies in 50 countries.  While each company is unique, they share one unifying goal: “Using Business as a Force for Good.”  In Colorado, the B Corp community has grown from around 30 in 2014 to close to 100 today.  Having such a strong concentration… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Boosting Entrepreneurship

For more than eight years, the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute has filled a gap in services to low-income and disadvantaged entrepreneurs in Denver. Under-resourced individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong work ethic can build a business while creating jobs and prosperity for the community. RMMFI is the only Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: “Pay for Success” — A Promising Path to Impact

In 2013, Social Impact Solutions (SIS) formed with a mission of building out Colorado’s emerging Pay-for-Success (PFS), also known as Social Impact Bonds, field. Leveraging the growing interest in impact investing, SIS began working with governmental entities, investors, foundations and social programs to take promising programs to scale with new social finance strategies.  In the… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Welcome to the Impact Frontier

While impact investing has been around for decades, the concept of combining purpose and profit is still fairly new. Many investors seek market rate returns, so transitioning to an investment strategy with a triple bottom line has been a challenge. We think about this a lot at PeakChange, our impact advisory firm based in Denver. … Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Can We Engage Impact Investors at the Community Level?

The Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver (CWB) is a burgeoning network comprising individuals and organizations with a shared vision to change the economic paradigm in Metro Denver by focusing on building wealth in economically marginalized communities. The CWB Network got its start following a community wealth building conference held at the Anschutz Medical… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Impact Investing in a Portfolio Context

The Colorado Impact Report was conceived to shine a light on some of the field-leading work being done, and innovation on display, in the great state of Colorado.  We have a thriving impact investing ecosystem in Colorado, which we expect to continue to grow and develop.  We hope that our experience can provide lessons and… Read more »

June 8, 2017

Making Their Voices Heard: Shareholders Vote for Greater Transparency on Climate Change

While reactions to the US withdrawal from the Paris accord may be dominating headlines, a no less remarkable development in climate change response is occurring at the annual shareholder meetings of US corporations. In a milestone for shareholder advocacy, a majority of shareholders voted in favor of proposals at four energy companies asking for greater… Read more »

May 25, 2017

Advice for Retail Workers in an Automating Age

The “skilling up” of the retail workforce has the potential to enable retail workers to improve their productivity and career prospects, while enabling retail companies to build their future workforces. Purposeful investors can identify these companies and take a long-term investor view to encourage these companies to train and deploy this workforce. The widely reported… Read more »