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The time is now. The impact investing field has grown leaps and bounds since the Global Impact Investment Network first started tracking the growth of the field in 2010. Networks like Toniic and The ImPact have brought together a range of interested investors who want to learn more about allocating for impact. Even dedicated impact funds are attracting LPs with diverse motivations. We’ve witnessed large-scale asset managers jump into the space, alongside a rise in specialty managers that are building businesses around servicing impact.
With a surge in activity, the Case Foundation’s commitment to transparency laid out in SSIR is particularly critical. We believe that to truly scale impact investing, we need to continue to engage in discourse around the challenges and solutions we are encountering in our everyday work.
Changing the culture around transparency and disclosure
Since a public commitment from the stage of the Milken Global Conference, we’ve been working to build a data-driven visualization of impact investing transactions to-date. Our hope is that by visualizing and bringing the connections between actors to life, we can foster a better understanding of the enormous potential of the impact investing movement. Such transparency around historical data is key to encouraging more participation in the impact investing space and tapping into the vast amounts of capital and interest that are not yet part of the movement.
For many skeptical investors and institutions, pointing to concrete examples of what impact investments look like, who’s involved, and the size and type of capital deployed, is a necessary part of myth-busting.