Reviews and media mentions for The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism:


“The biggest impact and the most successful inventions happen when the public sector and the private sector and business and finance and nonprofits and philanthropy work together.”

from Are you ready to consider impact investing? on Cause Planet podcast with Ben Thornley, March, 2016.


“If you’re putting your money towards an impact investment, you should ask the person managing that money what their goal is with that money and how they’re going to report it back to you. It’s a very simple question, and it can change the whole space if every investor did that.

from The ‘very simple question’ that impact investors should ask in Chicago Tribune. Amina Elahi, February 3, 2015.


“The answer is to devise savvy financing structures with multiple layers of equity and debt  that make room for parties with a variety of appetites for risk and return.”

from The Secret Sauce Behind 12 Successful Impact Investment Funds in Forbes.  Anne Field, December 21, 2014


“But The Impact Investor is the kind of book that you will want to read cover-to-cover, because only then will you fully appreciate its breadth and depth of insight. It is a tour de force – a truly groundbreaking work that delivers some of the very finest thinking on impact investing, and presents it in a warm and inspiring way. “

from  Aspiring to Something Better by Caldy Group. Jem Hudson, December 5, 2014


“Social Impact Investors need to develop multilingual leadership skills.”

from  Three Good Ideas from the Social Finance Forum 2014 in Verity Dimock, December 5, 2014.


“[Bifurcation] between social and financial goals] is very interesting for arm-chair pundits and pontificators, but people who are actually executing in practice are functioning on a fully-integrated basis.”

from Which Impact Investing Funds Do It All? in Financial Advisor. Lelia Boulton, November 18, 2014.


“This book serves as a hands-on resource that is both informative and practical by presenting investment strategies, providing case studies and teaching important lessons that will ultimately contribute towards the reader’s success in creating ‘mission-driven returns.'”

from Aspen Institute Showcased New Book on Impact Investing in Renew Strategies. Emily Ziethen, October 23, 2014.


“See how you measure up. Take the quiz.

from Multilingual Leadership: How do your skills measure up? in Global Learning Exchange, September 3, 2014.



“Clark, Emerson, and Thornley are leaders in the Impact Investing space and with this book offer an opportunity to understand the field from every vantage point – offering real examples of funds that have more than proven the theory that you can do well by doing good. Over just a short period of time, impact investing has transformed from a new concept to a robust sector, with investment opportunities available to every type of investor.”

—Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation


The Impact Investor is simply a must-read for those interested in the fast-growing field of impact investing and its emergence as a new and distinct approach to asset and wealth management. The book presents a definitive and indispensable guide for the seasoned entrepreneur, policy-maker, investment professional, and MBA student alike.”

—Matt Bannick, Managing Partner, Omidyar Network; Co-chair, US National Advisory Board on Impact Investing


“This book comes at a critical juncture in the development of impact investing. A growing set of global investors are excited about impact investing yet remain uncertain about performance and how to achieve it. Fortunately we can now learn practical lessons from those in the trenches. If you are about to invest your first $20 on or place a client’s $10 million in impact products, you need to read this book.”

—Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund; Co-author, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference


“The authors—all longtime leaders in the impact investing space—provide valuable insights for a new class of investors. Their new book uses real world examples from funds that meet investor expectations of return on capital and that support impact businesses that are using market-based solutions to solve some of our greatest social challenges.”

—Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation


“A ‘must have’ for all interested in impact investing!”

—Annie Chen, Principal, RS Group, Hong Kong


The Impact Investor takes the field of impact investing from theory to proven best practices, demonstrating not only that ‘the train has left the station,’ but also that the destinations along the journey are proving quite attractive for both commercially- and socially-focused investors.”

—Ron D. Cordes, Co-chairman, Genworth Financial Wealth Management


“This is a significant contribution to the development of impact investing. It moves the debate from well-meaning rhetoric to the challenges faced by real managers making real investment decisions to solve real problems.”

—Nick O’Donohoe, CEO, Big Society Capital, London


“In these times of global transformation, aligning business and investment with our goals for positive social change is not merely a matter of preference, it is an absolute necessity. The Impact Investor introduces us to the innovators on the front lines already making change happen in markets across the globe.”

—Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation



Chapter 1 of The Impact Investor was released as an e-book in April 2014, under the title, Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing.  Reviews for Collaborative Capitalism:


“The movement around a new approach to business that puts people and planet at the centre, alongside profit is picking up momentum. Virgin Unite, founded by Richard Branson, is always on the hunt for catalysts to help speed this movement up, and the new book Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing is a great example of one of those catalysts. The beauty of the book is that is takes a holistic look at a new way of doing business and shows that the movement is far larger and more important than ever before –putting collaboration, wisdom and empathy back at the heart of capitalism.”

Jean Oelwang, CEO Virgin Unite, Partner Virgin Group


Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing demonstrates that business and investing are transforming – for the better. A must read for those interested in how the field is evolving.”

—Don Shaffer, President and CEO, RSF Social Finance