Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship


Impact investing: Funding social innovation and related actors.

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This article outlines the current state of funding for social impact and in particular the growing field of Impact Investing, its background and definition, and the challenges and potential of this emerging asset class. In addition, this article examines the various actors in the field, the measurement metrics utilized, and presents a model of the interactions within the Impact Investing ecosystem. The emphasis is on three questions: What is the current state of funding for social impact and, in particular, Impact Investing? How is impact identified and measured? What intermediaries and other actors are at play in this field?