The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism

by Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley


The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism offers precise details on what, exactly, impact investing entails, embodied in the experiences and best and proven practices of some of the world’s most successful impact investors, across asset classes, geographies and areas of impact.

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  • Discover innovative ways to partner with for-profit investors to amplify your philanthropic investments in social causes.
  • Gain insight into how capital can be used to drive social and environmental justice.
  • Learn how to engage in impact investing, get started, and implement certain kinds of approaches that will increase the probability of success.
  • Apply the best practices of high-performing funds to lock in your mission, cultivate a partnership with government, act on the strategic goals of your partners, and operate effectively across sectors.


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About the Author

Cathy Clark is the director of the CASE Initiative on Impact Investing (CASE i3) and a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She also co-leads the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke, part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network. She is a leading authority on for-profit social entrepreneurship, impact investing and impact assessment.

Jed Emerson is a senior advisor to three family offices, each of which is executing 100 percent impact/sustainable investment wealth management strategies. He is also the chief strategist of ImpactAssets and a senior fellow with the Centre for Social Investment at Heidelberg University.

Ben Thornley is the founder and managing director of ICAP Partners and a strategic advisor to REDF and Pacific Community Ventures (PCV). He created the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative at PCV, with partners from Harvard University, and consults with CalPERS and other leading financial institutions on the social and economic impacts of over $25 billion of targeted investments.

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