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Impact Investing is the New Philanthropy

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Ulupono Initiative’s Investments

Since 2009, Ulupono has invested roughly $40 million, through both investments and grants, in organizations that are working to produce more locally grown food, more renewable energy and reduce waste.


Impact Investing By The Numbers

RSF Financial, one of the leaders in impact investing, looks a lot like a regular bank when you get into its ledger book. That includes a reasonable 2.4 percent return on equity and 3.4 percent loan-to-loss ratio.

RSF Financial’s 2012 Performance (in millions of $):

Revenues: $19.5
Expenses: $15.9
Profits: $3.6

Total Assets: $151.6
Liabilities: $90.9
Net Assets: $60.7

Source: RSF Financial annual report.

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May 8, 2014 11:23 am
 Posted by  CindyN

Thanks Dennis for this insightful article. I'm curious, is the impact investment community in Hawai'i only interested in investing in initiatives that have an impact on local communities, or is it also interested in investing in initiatives with global impact? The examples you mentioned lean toward the former, but I can imagine profitable investments in sectors like renewable energy and public health for developing countries would be attractive for impact investors, Hawaii based or not.

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