Blog: Investing for a Social and Environmental Impact

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Professor Cathy Clark speaking on impact investing and the book she co-authored on the subject


Fuqua has excellent resources for anyone interested in impact investing. To those of you for whom this might be a new term, impact investments are defined as those which are “made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.”

As a part of Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE), there is something called the Impact Investing Initiative (i3). There are several ways to get involved with CASE i3. There is a class on impact investing taught by Professor Cathy Clark. There are student groups which do research and consulting projects. There are also speaker series.

I have not taken the class yet, but am working on a research project with other students, and recently wrote a blog post about a visit from Mike Dorsey, a founder of Bay Area Equity Fund, an impact investment fund. My research team is working to track $2.4 billion of investment commitments as part of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing—the work is fascinating—and here are some of my thoughts from Mike Dorsey’s talk.


Matt Hendren

Daytime MBA, Class of 2016

I’m born and raised in the great state of North Carolina and graduated from UNC. Since then I’ve worked in education, politics and for non-profits in the U.S. and Africa.

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