On June 25, 2014, at the White House roundtable on impact investing, corporations, banks, foundations, and individuals including Prudential, Capricorn Investment Group and the Omidiyar Network committed to invest more than $1.5 billion in new capital into companies and funds that strive to generate positive financial and social returns.
In addition, US government agencies announced programs to support impact investments and social enterprises. These commitments followed the release of a new report from the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Task Force that provides a framework for how federal policies can support impact investing.
As the industry matures and more investors enter the market, policies that remove barriers to growth and provide incentives for more impact investments will grow in importance. Government, philanthropy, and nonprofits cannot solve the world’s numerous problems alone, but with their aid in impact investing, social issues can be improved while creating a profit.
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