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Dispatches from the Field | Silicon Valley, Meet Silicon Savannah

For the past week, I have participated on a learning journey in Kenya organized by London-based Leaders’ Quest on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation. Twenty leaders from around the world joined the Quest to explore opportunities for impact investing in Africa. Participants include such diverse individuals as the domestic investment manager of China’s sovereign wealth fund, the Chairman of UK-based Sustainability, the CFO of the Rockefeller Foundation, the CEO of Bangalore-based Rural Shores, and many more.
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Impact Investments in Women

We talk a lot about how impact investments help people move out of poverty. But impact investments are not just about providing a job and an income; impact investments provide dignity, self confidence, and the ability to stand on your own feet. When that investment is in women, the impact is even more profound.
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Join Melissa at the Slow Money National Gathering (October 12-14)

Tides is pleased to announce that our CEO Melissa L. Bradley will be a featured speaker at this year's Slow Money National Gathering, held in San Francisco from October 12 - 14.  Melissa will be joining other esteemed leaders from the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Matt Flannery, Winona LaDuke, and others interested in new ways of thinking about the relationship between food, money, and social change.
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Why Social Impact Investing Is Legit

In her recent Fast Company blog Why Social Impact Investing Is A Crock, Anya Kemenetz questions the validity of impact investing based on the lack of rigorous data collection and analysis, and the high costs of supporting evaluation systems.  While she makes some legitimate arguments about the need for investors to adopt more accurate and substantive metrics, dismissing the field as a whole seems short-sighted and unjustified.

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