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New Report Release on the Current State of Impact Investing Education

Georgetown University’s Beeck Center Releases Landmark New Report on the Current State of Impact Investing Education

Researchers catalog global learning opportunities, warn of shortfalls that constrain market growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 4, 2016) The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University today released its publication  From Innovation to Practice: Impact Investing Education and Training, which focuses on the current state of impact investing education, and identifies the tools most needed to scale up the sector.

Innovation to Practice, produced with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, notes how quickly this multi-disciplinary sector has evolved over the last decade, creating knowledge gaps that make it difficult to extend the reach of socially motivated investors. The publication is organized by three primary elements:

  • The Current Landscape provides an overview of existing learning opportunities for investors, policymakers and practitioners across the field of impact investing. The report includes a listing of nearly 200 providers of impact investing courses, events and other educational resources.
  • Content Gaps and Demands details specific skill sets, investment mechanisms, social impact sectors, and stakeholder groups for which enhanced knowledge is needed.
  • Training Delivery Methods and Platforms offers recommendations on the training methods most likely to meet the needs of the impact investing community and catalyze growth in the sector at large.

The Beeck Center’s hope is that the publication will serve as a significant contribution to the impact investing sector. According to Beeck Center Executive Director Sonal Shah, “being the first-ever comprehensive landscape and gap analysis of the impact investing executive education sector, Innovation to Practice will provide a much needed north star to scale up and grow this important field.”

“An increasing number of investors are interested in impact. But translating that interest into effective action is nowhere near as simple as some would think. Sound, evidence-based education is essential, both for sharing knowledge with new entrants and for deepening the contributions of those already active in the field,” says Debra Schwartz, the managing director of impact investments at the MacArthur Foundation, which has awarded $500 million in impact investments since 1986.

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