National

  • Fred Hollows Foundation and Social Finance UK report reveals eye health as an ideal target for impact investors
  • The Benevolent Society announces that its Resilient Families program, financed by Australia’s first social impact bond, has delivered positive results for participating families and investors
  • Impact Investing Australia encourages Government to prioritise social innovation in Australia
  • The NSW Government announces two proponents for developing new social impact investments
  • The Nature Conservancy launches a new water fund
  • Community Council of Australia CEO David Crosbie encourages charities to consider merging or collaborating to make the sector stronger
  • Arts consultant Cathy Hunt writes on the potential for impact investing help finance our arts sector in Australia
  • Impact Investing Australia launches the Blueprint for a new financial institution – Impact Capital Australia – to scale impact investing in Australia
  • The Australian Government’s recognises the potential of impact investing in its response to the Financial System Inquiry
  • David Carrington from the UK’s Big Society Capital talks with ABC’s Fran Kelly on Radio National about growing the opportunities for impact investing
  • Sydney hosts Australia’s first Impact Investment Summit Asia-Pacific
  • The Social Impact Hub launches the Field Guide to Impact Investing for Australian Charitable Trusts and Foundations.
  • Greg Bearup writes in The Weekend Australian Magazine about social impact bonds and the role they are playing in helping unite families
  • Rosemary Addis is recognised as one of Westpac/Australian Financial Review’s 2015 Women of Influence in the category of Innovation
  • Impact Investing Australia launches inaugural impact investor survey
  • Social impact bonds: Investor-funded community programs could balance Government’s budget
  • Market develops for social impact bonds (AFR paywall applies)
  • Mike Baird on a winner with social impact investing
  • A bolder purpose: Oz investors discuss way forward on impact investing
  • South Australia announces social impact bonds for homelessness support
  • RIAA’s 2015 Responsible Investment Benchmark Report launches, showing responsible funds management outperforms over the short, medium and long term.
  • Queensland to pilot 3 social impact bonds focused on re-offending and homelessness

International 

  • The US Government issues new guidance to allow private pension funds to consider impact investments
  • US charity consultants NPC launch Investing for Impact, a review of the impact of the KL Felicitas Foundation’s impact investment portfolio.
  • The world’s largest investment manager Blackrock launches its first impact investment fund
  • The Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania) releases new study, ‘Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investments’ evaluating the financial performance of 53 impact investing private equity funds, with calculations suggesting that market-rate-seeking funds could achieve their targeted returns while also preserving portfolio companies’ missions.
  • US-based Heron Foundation announces it will move 100% of its assets to impact investments by end-2017
  • Social Finance UK, FIA Foundation (UK) and Impact Strategist (Aus) launch report into the potential for impact investing to help improve road safety
  • Mission Investors Exchange (US) launches a guide to impact investing for small-staffed foundations
  • Goldman Sachs acquires US impact investing firm Imprint Capital Advisors.
  • Global Impact Investing Network launches the latest IRIS Data Brief, drawing on data from nearly 5,000 organizations contributing to the IRIS initiative with a focus on the impact objectives of reporting organisations.
  • Brookings launches social impact bond study exploring lessons from the first five years of SIBs and including an inventory of SIBS worldwide