Impact Investing Research

PCV offers research and advisory services for investors and policymakers: InSight. Our organization’s consulting and thought leadership practice creates systemic, longer term change by focusing on impact investing policy, investor best practice, and impact evaluation. Our client base includes institutional investors, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), foundations, corporations, and government at the state, federal, and international level.

Our Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) project strives to grow impact investing markets by building a global network for policy research and innovation, and our Global Learning Exchange for Social Impact Investing (GLE) is a network for the exchange of ideas, resources and best practices. These projects engage with policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, academics, and others from over 125 countries, to drive private capital for public purpose.

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Policy and Best Practices

Investigating best industry practices and providing tools for understanding the critical steps in scaling social impact investing.

Impact Evaluation

Providing rigorous and customized tracking and reporting of social and economic impacts.

Latest News and Publications

October 21, 2014

PCV Selected For The ImpactAssets 50

Great news! PCV’s investment fund has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2014 (IA 50), a free, online resource for impact investors and their advisors.

October 02, 2014

Inspiration From The 10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York City.  I was honored to receive a scholarship from the Foundation to attend.

September 16, 2014

New Blog Series! Impact Investing 101

What is impact investing? Despite the impression commonly given by dense, jargon-packed articles on the topic, impact investing is really about a very simple idea: that markets should work for social and environmental good as well as profit. 

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November 04, 2014

Grow Your Restaurant

November 12, 2014

Free Legal Office Hours

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday

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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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September 12, 2014

CalPERS for California 2013

The fourth annual report documenting the California Public Employees Retirement System's $20.8 billion of investments in California as of June 30, 2013. The report provides an examination of the broad ancillary benefits of all CalPERS investments in California across asset classes.

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January 06, 2014

2014 PCV Annual Luncheon Sponsorship Packet

Impact investing has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. Impact investors look to make a profit while also making a positive social impact in communities that are overlooked by mainstream investors. By investing for both financial and social returns, impact investing helps to create an economy that works for everyone.

Over the past 16 years, PCV has been making impact investments to high-growth small businesses through our equity and debt funds, and also by investing intellectual capital to build these businesses, all while carefully monitoring the social impact that we are creating. This impact evaluation gives us the data we need to identify best practices in impact investing, and we share this expertise with investors around the world to grow the impact economy.

Join us for our 2014 Annual Luncheon as an event sponsor and help us celebrate PCV’s unique ecosystem of programs that is helping to grow small businesses and social enterprises and create jobs where they are needed most. This year’s event will look at the policy work that PCV is doing across the globe to advance the impact investing economy, and will feature case studies that show how PCV’s work is creating an economy that works for everyone, where everyone who is able has work.

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We examine investments with the intent to create measurable social or environmental benefit in addition to financial return. Policymakers are drawn to this by the promise of leveraging private capital to support public purpose and the opportunity to make better use of scarce resources to support social benefits.

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