Know your Acronyms!

AUM - Assets Under Management

BOP - Bottom of the Pyramid (used by folks focused on poverty alleviation)

CDFI - Community Development Finance Institution - a Treasury Department certification

CIC - Community Investment Corporation, formed in 2005 in the UK for balancing community interest, director compensation and investor returns.

CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility

ESG - Environment, Social & Governance

MFI - Microfinance institution

MRI - Mission Related Investment (used by foundations to describe investments that support both the endowment and the charitable mission)

PRI -Program Related Investment (an IRS compliant investment made primarily because it is a way to support the mission)

SPC - Social Purpose Corporation, the Washington State corporate organization that helps a company embed social purpose in its DNA

SROI - Social Return On Investment

SRI - Socially Responsible Investing/ Sustainable & Responsible Impact

TBL - Triple Bottom Line

Ratings & Metrics

B-Corporation - a rating & standard setting group for companies

CSR Hub - aggregated ratings of companies

UN SDGs - the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Investment Management

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility - folks who have been doing this work almost as long as I have been alive!

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment - education on responsible investing

Investor's Circle - a national angel group focused on social impact investing

SOCAP - the Social Capital Markets conference every fall in San Francisco.

Impact Assets 50 - leading impact investment fund managers

Renewal Partners - the work of Carol Newell and Joel Solomon to explore investing with impact

As You Sow - leaders in shareholder advocacy for environmental and social issues

Donut Economics - some of best current thinking on what an economy for all looks like. Also a book!

Fledge - the best startup and angel ecosystem I know of

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