Investing for impact: Practical tools, lessons, and results
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This report shares our review of the social and environmental impact created by the KL Felicitas Foundation (KLF), founded by Charly and Lisa Kleissner. The Kleissners have pioneered a new approach to investment by committing 100% of their foundation’s $10m of assets to positive impact and by encouraging others to follow suit.
Investing for impact also shares lessons learnt and the tools used to measure the social returns achieved through the Foundation’s investments. Among these is a new framework—NPC’s Impact Assurance Classification—which is a starting point for comparing the quality of impact practice across asset classes and sectors. We also drew on existing frameworks and tools, such as those developed by the G8 Social Investment Taskforce, IRIS and NESTA.
As our review shows, the Foundation is making good progress towards realising its ambitious goals of aligning the Foundation’s assets with positive impact and building a movement around impact investment. It also shows for the first time that impact investors can measure the non-financial good they achieve through their investment portfolio.
We welcome your feedback on all aspects of the report and hope that it is valuable to foundations, individual investors, investment advisors and philanthropists alike.
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