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Why Aren’t We Talking About Income Equality?

Why Aren’t We Talking About Income Equality?

Impact Investors seek to address the biggest issues of our time through market based approaches. Often, they invest in projects that many would consider the responsibility of government, for example: clean water, sanitation, energy access and education. What I don’t hear, however, are impact investors talking about one of the most critical issues facing us as […]

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Stuff Those Stockings With Small Business Stock!

Stuff Those Stockings With Small Business Stock!

Under current U.S. tax law there is a 100% exclusion from federal tax for any capital gains realized from certain investments in “qualified small business stock” made before December 31, 2013 (and such gains are also excluded for purposes of the alternative minimum tax).  The closing, then, of a particularly tax-advantaged window to make investments […]

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Impact Investing 2.0

Impact Investing 2.0

As impact investing matures as a field, the first attempts at applying formal research methodology to the field’s activities are beginning to appear. One such project debuted last week at the World Economic Forum, Impact Investing 2.0, a collaboration between InSight at Pacific Community Ventures, CASE at Duke University and ImpactAssets. The project began at […]

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ayzh Kicks off Crowdfunding Campaign

ayzh Kicks off Crowdfunding Campaign

Our client ayzh is kicking off its small purse, BIG CHANGE Indiegogo Campaign today.  Hoping to raise $50,000 to evaluate the impact of its clean birth kit, the JANMA, the campaign runs through Sept. 21.  In addition to helping to understand how to better help women in childbirth across the globe, the money will also be […]

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Hold Financial Assets Abroad? New Regulations May Affect You

Hold Financial Assets Abroad? New Regulations May Affect You

In 2010, Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to help the U.S. government identify U.S. taxpayers who hold financial assets abroad in order to facilitate tax compliance. FATCA does so by imposing a withholding tax on certain U.S. payments to foreign financial institutions and requiring additional reporting by those institutions. On January 17, 2013, […]

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Investing in Impact Infrastructure

Investing in Impact Infrastructure

Next week, I will be speaking at the Nexus Global Youth Summit about financing “projects” in the impact space.  I think the conference organizer is interested in the work we’ve done to design financings that provide liquidity to investors after the completion of defined milestones, as opposed to relying on an “exit” for liquidity.  One […]

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The G8 Leaders Embrace Impact Investing

The G8 Leaders Embrace Impact Investing

Impact investing arrived on the world stage last week during the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum.  Heralded as a transformative tool with the potential to reshape global capital markets, both the U.K. and U.S. governments pledged support. Keynote speaker, Prime Minister David Cameron, affirmed his support by including impact investing as part of his agenda […]

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Benefit Corporations Arrive in Colorado

Benefit Corporations Arrive in Colorado

Last night Colorado became the fifteenth state to make the benefit corporation form available to entrepreneurs. Governor Hickenlooper signed the legislation in a bubbly ceremony at New Belgium Brewing Company. It goes into effect April 1, 2014. The law creates the “public benefit corporation” – a new kind of for-profit corporation, whose directors have a mandate […]

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Water & Microfinance: A Source of Potential

Water & Microfinance: A Source of Potential

Our latest guest post arrives courtesy of two like-minded lawyers from across the pond, Anthony Murphy and Michael Vanaselja. Anthony is the founder and managing director of Prime Advocates, a UK-based firm that aims to apply their collective strategic, legal and business acumen toward advancing social impact businesses and impact investment transactions. Anthony brings over […]

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Salvation Through Redemption?

Salvation Through Redemption?

The question of how impact-driven businesses approach exits continues to persist in our work. Paul Hudnut, friend of the firm, advisor at the Bohemian Foundation, professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at CSU’s Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise program,  and author of the “What’s a BOPreneur?” blog, shares his thoughts on how one redemption scheme might […]

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