“Best” Books on Impact Investing


Social Enterprise Blog, By Rolfe Larson

July 17, 2014



One measure that impact investing is gaining more traction is the growing collection of books written about that topic. Most of them focus on international investing, but now there are some that address domestic programs as well.


My favorite book on this topic is Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference, by Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine.  


That said, here’s a very useful compilation of favorites from Ashtin Jones to read and keep handy on your bookshelf:


“Status of the Social Impact Investing Market: A Primer” By Dr. Maximilian Martin (Impact Economy, June 2013, 13 pages)


“From Ideas to Practice, Pilots to Strategy: Practical Solutions and Actionable Insights on How to Do Impact Investing” 
By Michael Drexler & Abigail Noble (World Economic Forum, December 2013, 60 pages)


“Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results”
 By Justina Lai, Will Morgan, Joshua Newman, Raul Pomares (Sonen Capital, October 2013, 70 pages)


“Impact Investing 2.0: The Way Forward”
 By Pacific Community Ventures, Impact Assets, and Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (41 pages)


“Priming the Pump: The Case for a Sector-Based Approach to Impact Investing”
 By Matt Bannick and Paula Goldman (Omidyar Network, September 2012, 27 pages)


“From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing”
 By Harvey Koh, Ashish Karamchandani and Robert Katz (Monitor, April 2012, 64 pages)


See the list on the Social Enterprise Blog. 

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