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ImpactPHL Perspectives, Volume 13: What Does Fly Fishing have to do with Leadership in Impact Philanthropy

This story begins in 2002 in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Clemens and a small group of colleagues saw the need to create a conscious and sustainable world through engaged philanthropy and had the vision to align practice with purpose – at the individual level, in the community, and on a global scale.

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ImpactPHL Perspectives, Volume 12: Building Equitable Communities Through Patient Impact Capital and Thoughtful Real Estate Development

54.46% in poverty
27.56% unemployed
209 deaths from overdoses in 2017

These are the sobering statistics of Harrowgate, a Kensington neighborhood north of Lehigh Avenue, that is only 15 minutes north of Center City on the Market-Frankford subway line, and three subway stops away from Fishtown – “the hottest neighborhood” in the United States according to Forbes magazine.

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ImpactPHL Perspectives, Volume 11: Impact Beyond Innovation

What comes after innovation? As CEO of Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners, an organization charged with catalyzing the Philadelphia region's entrepreneurial and innovation economy, I've struggled with this question. It was 2001 when I began to follow the emerging national narrative around impact, marked by Harvard Business Review's January 2001 issue: Ideas with Impact - an issue I still have to this day. In it, an article by Charles Handy entitled "Tocqueville Revisited: The Meaning of American Prosperity." revisits Tocqueville's journey, but focuses on capitalism instead of democracy. Handy writes of the need for "new capitalism" and discusses American Nobel Prize Winner Robert Fogel's optimism that "a new sense of purpose…will be at the heart of the next stage of capitalism." The idea resonated with me then and stayed with me over time.

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ImpactPHL Perspectives, Volume 10: Fostering Economic Growth and Mobility in Philadelphia

Although community development finance has primarily built its foundation around real estate investing, we have learned that in a city like Philadelphia, neighborhood revitalization does not always empower local residents to move up the economic ladder but can often lead to displacement through gentrification. An impact economy requires both growth AND mobility, and thus, our strategies must include a focus on both improving places AND empowering people. To this goal, an effective impact capital strategy is about more than just building and investing financial and physical capital. We should also consider how we build and invest in human and social capital in our city.

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SOCAP Podcast: Money + Meaning Episode Two: "Bring a Friend, Add a Zero" (recorded in Philly)

This episode of SOCAP’s podcast series “Money + Meaning” was recorded in Philadelphia and features a panel of experts to discuss Philadelphia as an example of a city that is bringing together a spectrum of investors with local government allies, entrepreneurs, and community members to tackle systemic problems facing the city. They point to a set of opportunities to build the field of impact investing in Philadelphia and across the US.

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ImpactPHL Perspectives, Volume 8: ReStore - A Self-Sustaining Revenue Model to Further Local Housing Support in Philadelphia

Many who hear “Habitat for Humanity” have some familiarity with Habitat for Humanity's affordable housing work, the phrase “a hand up, not a handout,” and President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter's the tireless commitment to the organization over years. However, few are aware of our furniture and home goods social enterprise, ReStore, that infuses dollars into our Homeownership and Home Repair Programs - two programs that provide affordable payment options, sweat equity, and volunteer labor opportunities for low-income populations that have housing needs in Philadelphia.

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How Much Do Businesses In Your City Care About People and Planet?

Larger organizations that have social impact goals have long since had the resources and access to tools to help them along their journy towards greater impact. However small and medium sized businesses with the same social inclinations have not historically had access to them. That is until organizations in Philadelphia and New York started providing those tools to these business so that they too can monitor and extend the impact which they are able to have on their communities. One of those tools, the Best for PHL assessment as provided by ImpactPHL, attempts to provide these entities with more knowledge and more power to achieve their social goals.

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ImpactPHL Perspectives, Volume 6: Partnership – The Key to Future Regional Prosperity

At the Total Impact Conference in late April, The Philadelphia Foundation and Reinvestment Fund announced a joint initiative named PhilaImpact Fund. This impact investing vehicle will allow each organization’s investors to fund development projects in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The PhilaImpact Fund connects investors, philanthropists and engaged citizens with the projects, initiatives and big ideas that generate results on a local level.

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BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support

The chief executives of the world’s largest public companies recently received a letter from one of the most influential investors in the world. And what it says is likely to cause a firestorm in the corner offices of companies everywhere and a debate over social responsibility that stretches from Wall Street to Washington. Laurence D. Fink, founder and chief executive of the investment firm BlackRock, is going to inform business leaders that their companies need to do more than make profits — they need to contribute to society as well if they want to receive the support of BlackRock.

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Seeking New Year's resolutions from business; no dieting required

“It’s about how do we create more and better corporate citizens,” said Donovan, program manager and sole employee at ImpactPHL, an alliance of people and organizations formed in July 2016 to enhance the Philadelphia region’s impact economy — where success is measured not just in financial performance, but in contributions to society’s betterment.

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Sister act: how a Philadelphia nun faced up to Wall Street

Sister Nora Nash regularly meets with CEOs of big banks, arms makers, and tobacco giants, using her order’s position as a shareholder to fight for change. In an age when corporations are first in line for tax cuts but seemingly unaccountable when an economy sinks or an election tilts, Nash has sought leverage by joining the one group that big companies still have to listen to: shareholders.

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Inclusive Economy: Year in Review. Overlooked assets, local ecosystems, economic revival

Middle America is an engine of innovation. Low-income communities are investable. Immigrants are assets, not liabilities. Inclusive prosperity is a pro-growth strategy. In cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world, business and civic leaders are building local ecosystems to help residents thrive in the global economy. We call them The New Revivalists.

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An Infographic: The Business Case for Conscious Companies

Why become a conscious company? Here's an easy answer: Because it's just plain good business.

Implementing conscious business practices isn’t just about doing the right thing or being nice. In fact, the research on the advantages of consciousness just keeps pouring in: self-aware leadership, sustainability, and other companion practices elevate human wellbeing even as they benefit the bottom line. But don’t just take our word for it — here’s the latest evidence of the benefits of becoming a conscious company in infographic format.

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Eleven online platforms that let you — yes, you — make socially responsible investments right now

As the socially-responsible, ESG (for environmental, social and governance), and impact investing movements have gained steam, so has the number of companies offering products aligned with investors’ values.

Providing low-cost, low-effort personal investment options, U.S. robo-advisorscurrently have more than $100 billion in assets, and are estimated to reach $2.2 trillion by 2020. To differentiate themselves within the market, and attract the 63 percent of millennials who have invested or intend to put money into socially-responsible investments, socially-conscious platforms and investment options are rapidly expanding.

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