By Elizabeth Coston McCluskey
It’s time for Impact Engine’s third annual Holiday Reading List. For 2017, we decided to tackle the who-where-why-and-how of impact investing over the course of the year. We hope that during the holiday season, you are able to spend time with family and friends, and to reflect on the ways in which you’ve had impact this year. We encourage you to click through to the reports we’ve included in this list, as we hope that they inspire you to make new resolutions for impact in 2018.
When we meet with entrepreneurs, we are interested in their solutions and whether they are innovative and scalable. However, a crucial part of our process is evaluating whether they have a deep understanding of the problem they are addressing. So while there is much to be celebrated in terms of progress this year, it is important to start with understanding why impact investing is so critical today. The issues our society faces are broad and deep. CFSI’s report on employee financial health outlines just how financially stressed people are these days. Earlier this year, the RAND Corporation detailed the rising prevalence and cost of chronic health conditions and the toll they take on individuals and society. And Stanford published a report on the state of racial and ethnic inequalities in education, housing, wealth, and a number of other arenas.
The good news is that the list of people who are focusing on these issues and investing in solutions to address them is growing broader. 2017 saw everyone from tech companies to celebrities entering the impact investing fold. Salesforce announced the […]