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Acumen Fund


United States of America

The Acumen Fund's mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas. The Acumen Fund's vision is that one day every human being will have access to the critical goods and services they need including affordable health water housing energy agricultural inputs and services so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. This is where dignity starts not just for the poor but for everyone on earth.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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California FreshWorks Fund


United States of America

The California FreshWorks fund is a private-public partnership loan fund that has raised $272 million to invest in bringing grocery stores and other forms of healthy food retailers to underserved communities. The availability of healthy foods where we live has been proven to influence healthier long term eating habits.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Community Development

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Calvert Foundation


United States of America

Calvert Foundation harnesses the power of investing to connect cultivate and inspire those who want to shape the world for good.Our work is focused on connecting investors to organizations that strengthen communities and sustain our planet. Through our flagship product the Community Investment Note we offer investors the opportunity to invest with us. Since 1995 more than 18000 investors have invested over $1.5 billion through the Note. Today the Note is available to to both accredited and non accredited investors through our website and hundreds of brokerage firms in the U.S.

Type: Other Capital Channels & Intermediaries Geography: Europe Impact: Access to Education

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FIRST


Brazil

The project entails an IFC equity investment of up to $15 million in Fundo de Investimentos Riqueza Social para Todos (FIRST) Fund, (“FIRST” or the “Fund”), a 10-year closed-end impact investing fund that seeks to raise $125 million. The Fund will target companies with the potential to provide products and services to 1 million low-income people in Brazil. FIRST will aim to invest mainly in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil and in education, health, housing and financial services sectors. The Fund will be managed by FIRST Gestao de Investimentos, a subsidiary of FIR Capital, a Brazilian venture capital fund manager established in 2001.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Brazil Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Oblate International Pastoral Investment Trust


The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate established the OIP Investment Trust to manage the long term financial assets of the Oblate Congregation including its constituent provinces and delegations, Roman Catholic related organizations, ministries, religious orders and dioceses. It is a recognized nonprofit tax exempt trust domiciled in the United States. It currently serves over 200 Roman Catholic related entities.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Europe Impact: Capacity Building

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Overseas Private Investment Corporation


United States of America

OPIC is the U.S. Government s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing guarantees political risk insurance and support for private equity investment funds.

Type: Government Geography: Asia Impact: Agricultural Productivity

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The Lemelson Foundation


United States of America

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in 1992 and lead by the Lemelson family to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $175 million in grants and Program Related Investments in support of its mission.

Type: Foundation Geography: United States of America Impact: Capacity Building

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Unitus Seed Fund


IN

Unitus Seed Fund (USF) makes seed stage venture investments in innovative startups serving low income populations. USF's portfolio companies create opportunities for economic self reliance education and obtaining basic necessities for millions of people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP). USF accelerates the growth of these early stage businesses by providing funding support and strategic connections.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: South-Eastern Asia Impact: Access to Education

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Villgro


India

Villgro envision that once a model is established to transform innovative ideas into reality, a virtuous cycle will set in naturally, encouraging further innovation and wealth creation in rural areas. It is thriving eco-system that inspires, recognizes, nurtures and transforms innovation and enterprises to impact lives. They believe it is possible because India is the world's largest democracy and is globally recognized for its intellect and scientific temper. It has an active private sector, a free and vigilant media and a bold and growing middle class.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: India Impact: Health Improvement

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Zidisha


United States of America

Zidisha is pioneering the first online microlending community to connect lenders and borrowers directly across international borders - overcoming previously insurmountable barriers of geography, wealth and circumstance.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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