MDIF (formerly MDLF) has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2012, an open-source, publicly published database of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers. The ImpactAssets 50 2012 is a resource for advisors and investors seeking to respond to the growing demand for investment opportunities that deliver both financial and social or environmental returns, and is now available at http://www.impactassets.org/impactassets-50.
“We are delighted to have been selected for The IA50 2012, a mark of recognition in the impact investing industry,” said Harlan Mandel, CEO of MDLF, which invests in independent news businesses in countries with a history of media oppression. “By recognizing our work, The IA50 is recognizing both the financial and social returns of investing in independent news businesses.” This is the second consecutive year that MDLF has been selected for The IA 50.
This annually updated list is a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their wealth advisors, offering an easy way to identify experienced impact investment firms and explore potential investment options. The IA 50 is intended to illustrate the breadth of impact investment fund managers operating today; the IA 50 2012 represents $10.2 billion of capital invested across geographies, sectors, asset classes and impact areas such as community development, microfinance and clean technology.
A Selection Committee chaired by ImpactAssets’ Chief Strategist, Jed Emerson, and comprising industry experts selects firms according a set of criteria developed to ensure that the list includes a diverse set of firms. Criteria for inclusion include firms that: have more than three years of experience in the impact investing field; invest through private debt or equity; and a demonstrate commitment to social and environmental impact at the portfolio level and corporate responsibility at the firm level.
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social and environmental returns.
Their impact investment strategies, donor advised fund and knowledge resources provide a dynamic platform for wealth managers and the clients they serve to advance social or environmental change through investment.
ImpactAssets seeks to shed light on and drive capital to the field’s most promising organizations and initiatives, helping to build the field of impact investing.