PCV’s comprehensive impact evaluation services provide vital information and data that socially responsible investors need to align capital with impact.
InSight offers advisory services to institutional investors, foundations, and funds seeking to develop, manage, and assess the performance of their impact investment programs and portfolios across investment areas and asset classes. Some of our client work includes evaluating the non-financial performance of impact investing or philanthropic activities, projects seeking to design or improve impact tracking and reporting systems, and the development of strategies and tools that integrate social mission into the way companies and firms do business (e.g., underwriting procedures, due diligence, and portfolio management).
PCV InSight began providing consulting and research services in 2005, and has become one of the most experienced, specialized providers of impact evaluation services to the most prominent institutions and philanthropies in the world. Our rigorous, client-driven solutions have supported the evaluation of over $40 billion of targeted impact capital across asset classes. PCV InSight clients include CalPERS; The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Macquarie Funds Management; PG&E; Community Capital Fund; The California Endowment; and The Northwest Area Foundation, to name a few.
CalPERS for California
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) plays a significant role in California’s economy, providing retirement and health benefits to more than 1.6 million public employees, retirees, and their families, and more than 3,100 employers. CalPERS for California highlights the 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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Community Impact Report: Neighborhood National Bank
In 2011, InSight was commissioned by Neighborhood National Bank (NNB), a nationally recognized Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) bank, to measure NNB’s impact in the San Diego region from 2006 to 2010.
This report highlights NNB’s impact over the five year period by analyzing the number of jobs supported through loan activities and the percentage of loans to underserved communities including areas with high poverty and high unemployment. The Community Impact Report illustrates NNB’s leadership and distinctive role in the San Diego region as a depositor and provider of capital to businesses and individuals in underserved areas that are overlooked by traditional banks.
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Latest News and Publications
October 21, 2014
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
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
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.
October 22, 2014
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November 04, 2014
September 12, 2014
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.
September 12, 2014
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.
January 06, 2014
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.