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Impact Investing & Fund Returns

According to the Global Impact Investing Network, "Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return."

Finding Impact Investors, Funds, & Target Companies

  • PitchBook – see PitchBook access help
    1. In the left navigation menu, go to Screeners > Investors & Funds.
    2. Under Investor Types, select Impact Investing from the Other Investor Types column.
    3. Select Search.
      • The Investors tab lists investors whose strategies include impact investing.
      • The Funds tab lists funds whose strategies include impact investing.
      • The Companies tab lists companies who received impact investing funds.

Finding Governmental and Philanthropic Grants

While Foundation Directory focuses on non-profit grant providers and non-profit recipients (i.e. the platform does not typically profile for-profit social enterprises), it is useful for identifying government and private foundation grant or impact investing opportunities. PE/VC firms may have non-profit foundation arms that provide grants, mission-related investments (MRI), or program-related investments (PRI), which may be captured by Foundation Directory (see Omidyar Network as an example). Additionally, Foundation Directory will capture activity by charitable foundations, which may have impact investing initiatives (see the Gates Family Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation as examples).

  • Foundation Directory
    1. Select Advanced Search & Filters.
    2. In Subject Area either type in Social Enterprise or navigate to the category Community and economic development > Business and industry > Social enterprise.
    3. Select Search.
      • The Grantmakers section comprises non-profit grant providers.
      • The Grants section comprises funding opportunities from non-profit grant providers.
      • The Recipients section comprises non-profit entities that have received grant funds.

Finding Fund Returns

  • Preqin
    • Search for a fund and select the Performance tab within fund profile.
  • Bloomberg – see Bloomberg access help
    • Search for a fund and select the PEFP from the Bloomberg Functions menu.


Answered By: Rashelle Nagar
Last Updated: May 02, 2022

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