Headquartered in Durham, the Investors’ Circle Social Venture Network (IC-SVN) was formed in January 2018 when Investor’s Circle (the nation’s first early-stage impact investing network) and Social Venture Network (a group dedicated to demonstrating the ‘triple bottom line’ potential of valuing people, planet, and profit) merged. By combining their resources and expertise, the organizations aim to more effectively serve a network of capital and resource providers working to support the growth of social and environmental impact-oriented enterprises. IC-SVN has facilitated over $220 million in investments into more than 330 early-stage social ventures and boasts over 500 members, making it the largest and most active early-stage impact investing network in the U.S.
Launched in 2001, Duke University’s CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing develops resources and activities to support the growth of the impact investing field. One such resource is CASE Smart Impact Capital, an online toolkit focused on how to raise impact investment capital. From its launch in October 2017 to July 2018, 15,281 people from 130 countries accessed the toolkit. Through its CASE i3 Consulting Program (CASE i3CP), the Initiative also helps about six organizations each year research a question or challenge related to impact investing, assess options, and develop actionable solutions.
A growing number of forward-thinking healthcare anchor institutions have taken up an “Anchor Mission” to realign all institutional resources to fight long-standing inequities at their root by building community wealth.