Happy Invest for Better Day! Yes, September 15th is now National Invest for Better Day and will have that honor for the next 10 years. We are celebrating the day by sharing some big news and inviting you to celebrate with us. On September 30th, we will officially launch the NEW Invest for Better. What’s new? Lots! Invest […]
In one of the recent Invest for Better Circle meetings of my Boston group, the question emerged: “Is the role of the advisor to lead or follow you?” Circle members Amy Brakeman and Maria Jobin-Leeds had a lot to say on this topic, so I asked them for an in-depth interview to dig deeper. As […]
Invest for Better is launching a series of blog posts about the important topic of finding and working with financial or investment advisors. We are excited to share this first post, excerpted from Janine Firpo’s forthcoming book, Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Values and Build A Better World (Wiley 2021). It recommends key […]
Gender lens investing is of deep interest to many in the Invest for Better Community. A few weeks ago, abut 50 Invest for Better Circle members attended a special “Ask the Expert” session on Gender Lens investing, featuring Kristin Hull of Nia Impact Capital. In addition to sharing her personal journey on becoming a gender-lens […]
I enjoy the annual rite of reflection and planning that January brings. But wow, what a year it has been to look back on, and, as January unfolds in unprecedentedly volatile times, what a hard year it is for planning ahead. As a white, privileged woman with grown kids, whose work largely consists of […]
All Systems Go! Thanks to our amazing cadre of nearly 60 volunteers, the first cohort of 35+ Invest for Better Circles are up and running. Our monthly calls with this global group of Circle Leaders have provided wonderful opportunities for sharing, learning, reflection and new ideas. At each meeting, we have invited a few leaders […]
It’s okay for women to create personal wealth, understand financial management, start and grow businesses, run successful social enterprises, enjoy financial security and go beyond simply taking care of their livelihoods in order to build intergenerational legacies. None of this should be considered outside of our reach. And yet, even in the United States, for […]
Invest for Better is scaling up! Earlier this year, as we reckoned with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our 2020 goals for Invest for Better, we presumed that this new reality would require us to temper our expectations and wait for the “next normal”. We worked to adapt our model for a virtual […]
Needless to say, the world has changed. While it is too early to assess the overall impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we see it revealing systemic inequities in all corners of society: health, education, housing, food security, employment, transportation, safety, and others; and we see the disproportionate impact it has had on women, people of […]
At Invest for Better we seek to curate and share with our community the best, most accessible resources about impact investing that have been created by our colleagues in the field. But sometimes there is a gap and we step in to fill it. Many of the women in the Invest for Better community are […]
I’ve been out socializing over the last few months, meeting a variety of new people at work events and friends’ homes. We had some typical “nice-to-meet-you” conversations covering the usual territory: “How do you know the hosts?”…. “Wouldn’t it be nice if there were more snow so we could ski?”…and “What do you do?” I […]
One year ago, we launched Invest for Better, a nonprofit campaign aimed at helping women demystify impact investing, take control of their capital, and mobilize their money for good. A year later, we’re seeing great success with women creating positive social change and taking a lead in developing the impact investing field at large. I […]
Annarie Lyles got started in impact investing after a midlife crisis. In 2010, overwhelmed by news about environmental issues like climate change and the sixth extinction, she knew she had to do something. That crisis compelled Annarie to join Rachel’s Network and to experiment with seeding investments in hopeful, early stage companies that prevent pollution […]
Money has power. Capital flows reflect our values, whether we admit it or not. Our priorities for money create our society. Many of us recognize this at the macro level, but we don’t think of the role we play as individuals, nor do we think our financial lives have any impact on the larger dynamics […]
My journey to impact investing was a long and winding road. Way too long and winding! It wasn’t from lack of interest or effort. But because I had no support – and in some cases deep resistance – from my financial advisors, family, and peers, it took A LOT of effort, and ultimately, acts of […]
Are you looking for a support system to help kick start your journey to impact investing? Are you ready to dive deep into the learning process and better understand how you can invest for good across any asset class? Do you prefer to work in a circle of support that is comprised of all women? […]
It was the hook that drew me into the arena of impact investing. I first heard about the concept of gender-lens investing from the innovative people at Criterion Institute 10 years ago. Immediately, I thought, “this is for me.” From there, I became a donor and a cheerleader for Criterion Institute and their cause of […]
International philanthropy has consistently been on the leading edge of the movement to use market forces to stimulate sustainable social change. Organizations like the Grameen Bank and KIVA, for example, taught donors the power of providing access to capital to change the statistics of poverty for women and low-income entrepreneurs in far-flung communities, and paved […]
Here’s a radical idea. (Or maybe not.) What if women around the country, of all ages, ethnicities, and income levels, demanded that their assets be invested in a way that didn’t disrespect people, the planet, or their own values? What if women en masse decided to seize the power they already hold in their savings […]
We began with a simple question Could an intentional and strategic focus on women be pivotal to accelerating the growth of the impact investing ecosystem and help to ensure that it is inclusive and transformational? The answer, we believe, is yes. Research shows that women are overwhelmingly interested in investing according to their values, yet […]
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