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The Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

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J.P. Morgan and GIIN Release New Impact Investor Survey

A new J.P. Morgan and GIIN survey indicates higher impact investment commitments and investor satisfaction. Spotlight on the Market, the 2014 edition of the J.P. Morgan and GIIN annual impact investor survey, reveals market growth amidst greater government support, new product and fund launches, and widespread impact measurement. For the first time, the survey provides detailed insight into asset allocation trends across regions, sectors, and financial instruments from the largest-ever respondent group, up 26% this year from 2013.

GIIN Publishes Second IRIS Data Brief

The GIIN has published IRIS Data Brief: Focus on Beneficiaries, the second in a series that presents aggregated social, environmental, and financial results of organizations receiving impact investment capital. This Data Brief includes a focused set of analyses related to beneficiaries, specifically clients and suppliers.

GIIN Releases IRIS User Guide

The GIIN released Getting Started with IRIS, a guide to help impact investors select and apply social, environmental, and financial performance metrics from the IRIS catalog. IRIS contains more than 400 generally-accepted performance metrics, including metrics commonly used in impact sectors such as agriculture, energy, health, and financial services.

GIIN Publishes Research on Catalytic First Loss Capital

The GIIN released an issue brief that details the motivations, benefits, considerations and suitable scenarios behind the use of catalytic first-loss capital in impact investing transactions. Catalytic first-loss capital refers to socially- and environmentally-driven credit enhancement provided by an investor or grant-maker who agrees to bear first losses in an investment in order to catalyze the participation of co-investors that otherwise would not have entered the deal.