Cynthia Jaggi ’00 is the Founder of GatherWell, the Think + Do Tank for Practical Idealists. I have been getting results for Practical Idealists and their organizations for over a decade. My primary areas of expertise are strategy, leadership development and analytics. I was formerly a Partner at the Management Consulting firm Fitzgerald Analytics and Chief Program Officer at Catholic Charities of the East Bay. I’m a regular blogger on idealist.org Careers. Through GatherWell, I’m piloting a global leadership development program, and have started a network of organizations working with Practical Idealists focused on uncommon partnerships + social innovation. Most recently, GatherWell was named a SOCAP13 Partner.
What is impact investing?
Impact investing is investing with the aim to generate financial returns alongside social and environmental benefits.
Global Impact Investing Database: ImpactSpace, the open impact data initiative, is the open and free global database of companies, entrepreneurs and investors delivering social and environmental impact along with financial returns. Innovative ventures. Pioneering investors. Market-driven change.
Global Impact Investing Network: The Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Impact Hub: a network of collaborators focused on making a positive impact in our world.
Toniic: The Global Impact Investor Network
The GatherWell Network: Uncommon cross-sector alliance of organizations working with Practical Idealists
Slow Money Alliance: The Slow Money Alliance is a national network and a family of local networks, organized around the Slow Money principles.
Example Financial Services Companies
Impact Assets: ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact.
Good Capital: Good Capital is an investment firm that increases the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating market-based solutions to inequality and poverty. Using a high engagement model, we invest in the most promising social enterprises and give them the tools and guidance they need to succeed. In addition, Good Capital actively leads the development of the emerging social capital market. We share a deep commitment to the creation of a new, informed, and passionate world of investing that strategically moves more capital to good.
Root Capital: nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.
Example Funding Platforms
Kiva:A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
SunFunder: SunFunder, a member of the GatherWell Network, is a funding platform for high-impact solar projects in off-grid communities around the world.