Since our beginnings in 2004, Aeris has established risk management standards for private community loan funds (CDFIs) and has helped drive the development of impact measurement and management practices in the CDFI industry—a learning curve now being replicated in the broader impact investment world. In 2013, the Aeris Cloud became the first online platform to help CDFI investors understand the impact and financial performance of their investments. Today, the broader investing field seeks a reliable, high-quality tool to collect, manage, and analyze impact data. Aeris’ unique experience and expertise can help accelerate the pace of impact investing.
The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision-making and public policy to advance community problem solving. We have long held discussions and hosted discussions on the topic of impact investing as a way to connect practitioners and researchers together and support the growing infrastructure in this space.
Please describe your experience with impact investing.: M&E Advisor to The Rockefeller Foundation IMM Advisor to the GIIN Action Group lead for advancing IMM for World Economic Forum Huddle Group Contributor to Impact Measurement and Management Project (Bridges Fund Management) Researcher and author of publications (Situating Next Generation of Impact Measurement and Evaluation for Impact Investing & Streams of Social Impact Work: Building Bridges in a new evaluation era with market- oriented players at the table, Case Studies under development) Founding member of Social Impact Measurement topical interest group for the American Evaluation Association. Convener and presenter on impact measurement and management at numerous convening and conference (e.g. Rockefeller Foundation side events at SOCAP 2015, 2016, GES Summit 2016, Impact Convergence Conference 2016, GEO 2017, MIE Learning Institute 2017, MIE Impact Measurement Webinar 2017,South Asia Evaluation Concalve 2017, American Evaluation Association 2015-2017, Lili'uokalani Innovation Huddle 2017) Evaluation and IMM Consultant to social enterprises and foundations
Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) envisions a world of thriving communities where everyone has a fair shake. Our mission is to invest in small businesses, create good jobs for working people, and make markets work for social good. We achieve our mission through a combination of fair lending, free mentorship, skilled volunteerism, impact investing consulting services, and field-building research.
PCV's research and consulting practice supports clients in more effectively deploying capital and managing investments to achieve their social, environmental, and financial goals. PCV's global client-base includes foundations, pension funds, banks, insurers, fund managers, CDFIs, and nonprofits. PCV is a nonprofit CDFI, with staff in Oakland, CA and New York, NY.
Project Evident is building nonprofit and funder capacity for continuous evidence generation and program improvement to maximize outcomes, including investments in tools and talent capacity. Our primary service offerings include:
(1) Multi-year roadmaps to guide investments and activities for continuous evidence generation and program improvement;
(2) Outsourced or shared evaluation talent, including data scientists, analysts, and directors of policy and evaluation;
(3) Tech and data systems reviews to optimize evidence generating activities and analytics capacity;
(4) Tools support across: data management, data exploration and visualization, data science and data analytics, rapid cycle testing and small tests of change, policy mapping, services procurement;
(5) Review of investee evaluation plans and outcomes for grant-making, impact investing and pay-for-performance;
(6) Support in developing theories of investment and outcomes frameworks, and translating those into practice.
RPA advises individuals, foundations and corporations on creating thoughtful, effective philanthropy to achieve their social impact goals. With nearly a decade of experience in impact investing, including the publication of “Solutions for Impact Investors,” RPA continues to advance the field through thought leadership, fiscal sponsorship, and foundation implementation.