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Ep.1: Exceeding Expectations

Untold Returns: Adventures in Impact Investing episode 1 kicks off the podcast with host Bethany McLean digging into what impact investing looks like – and what some of the different opportunities are. She starts by exploring what wealth advisors and community foundation investors might look for to uncover high-quality social impact investment opportunities that make a difference – and returns. Bethany also uncovers some options worth considering for anyone looking for risk-adjusted returns in the socially worthwhile arena of affordable housing investments. It’s a good start to separating hype from reality in this booming sector with $228 billion under management.

Market rates of return are achievable in impact investing. And of course, it depends on your ability to choose good investments, which is something we would say about any type of investing.

-Amit Bouri, CEO The Giin

In this episode, Bethany talks with impact investment professionals Amit Bouri and Kim Violich about:

  • IRIS, a system of generally accepted social environmental performance metrics used by impact investors around the world
  • The annual survey of impact investors
  • Which large private equity firms are aiming for market-rate returns

About Our Guests

Amit Bouri is co-founder and CEO of The GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network), a non-profit that calls itself, “…the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing its scale and effectiveness around the world.” Formerly a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute, he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report. You can read his Op-eds in Pensions & Investments and Institutional Investor, or follow him on Twitter @AmitKBouri

Kim Violich is Managing Partner and co-founder of Tideline, a consulting firm that, “provides tailored advice to clients developing impact investing strategies, products, and solutions.” Prior to Tideline, Kim was the CEO of Schwab Charitable, a stand-alone nonprofit corporation founded by Charles Schwab & Co. to provide turnkey charitable asset management and philanthropic services to investors. A recognized influential voice in the industry, she is widely published and quoted, including in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Bloomberg, Investment News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy and Trusts & Estates Magazine.


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Learn more about our guests and the opportunities they spoke about:

Market rates of return are achievable in impact investing. And of course, it depends on your ability to choose good investments, which is something we would say about any type of investing.

-Amit Bouri, CEO The Giin