PCV InSight

Through its research and consulting practice – PCV InSight – PCV provides information and analysis to investors and policymakers with the goal of driving capital to social purpose. InSight has established itself as a leader in the impact investing market, providing customized research, strategic analysis, and advisory services to investors, policymakers, and market intermediaries.

Our Work

PCV InSight evaluates the impacts of over $40 billion of institutional investments, across asset classes. InSight has worked with public and private sector clients including institutional investors, philanthropy, CDFIs, corporations, and state and national governments.

Our work has provided the basis for policy projects and initiatives both in the U.S. and internationally – including the White House Impact Economy, the US National Advisory Board, the World Economic Forum, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. PCV InSight is the co-convener of the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) that strives to grow impact investing markets by building a global network for policy research and innovation in over 120 countries.


PCV InSight was created in 2005 to share PCV’s expertise and knowledge in impact measurement with investors interested in a better understanding the impact of their investments. In 2009 — with a $1 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation — PCV InSight began offering a broader set of consulting and research services to governments and philanthropists in support of the development of the impact investing field. 

Impact Consulting

We provide the comprehensive impact investing consulting services that clients need to achieve social impact with their investments. Learn more.

Impact & Policy Research

We research worldwide investment best practices and provide tools for understanding the steps in scaling social impact investing. Learn more

Latest News and Publications

May 26, 2015

The Economic Vitality Grant Program

PCV’s partnership with PG&E to create jobs and strengthen local economies in California.

April 29, 2015

Measuring CommCap’s Social Impact

PCV InSight worked with CDFI CommCap to add to its impact measurement capabilities so it can better serve its borrowers and share the impact of its work more widely with its stakeholders. 

April 15, 2015

The Small Business Administration Is Examining Equity-Based Crowdfunding

News from the intersection of small business and impact investing. 

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January 05, 2015

Invest Northwest: Eight-Year Social Performance Review

Creating jobs through mission investing: Read our white paper on the Northwest Area Foundation and Invest Northwest.

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November 03, 2014

2014 Impact Investing Global Policy Report

This report builds on the work of the IIPC over the last five years, to provide information and analysis on policy innovation as a critical tool to grow impact investing markets globally. 

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September 12, 2014

CalPERS California Initiative 2013: Creating Opportunities in California’s Underserved Markets

The California Initiative has committed over $1 billion to companies located in traditionally underserved markets, primarily, but not exclusively, located in California. The Initiative has sought to discover and invest in opportunities that may have been bypassed or not reviewed by other sources of investment capital. The California Initiative’s primary objective is to generate attractive financial returns, meeting or exceeding private equity benchmarks.

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