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CASE is proud to announce the winner of our 2011 Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award: Antony Bugg-Levine, a leading figure in the emerging field of global impact investing.

Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), will receive his award and give a lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Fuqua’s Geneen Auditorium (directions here). The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.  RSVPs appreciated

Global impact investing is investing with the intent to generate financial returns while also generating tangible environmental and social impacts. According to a recent report from JP Morgan and the Rockefeller Foundation, this market offers the potential over the next 10 years for invested capital of $400 billion-$1 trillion and profits of $183-$667 billion.

“Antony Bugg-Levine’s experience in the field of impact investing is unmatched,” said Cathy Clark, who at Fuqua is director of CASE i3: The Initiative on Impact Investing and an adjunct professor.  “Throughout his career, he has worked to find innovative solutions to society’s biggest problems and has been instrumental in building the impact investing movement. We are excited to present him with the 2011 Leadership Award and provide this opportunity for students, faculty, staff and local community members to hear from him.”

In October, Bugg-Levine became the CEO of NFF, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary committed to mobilizing and deploying resources effectively to build a just and vibrant society. He also co-authored with Jed Emerson the recently released book, “Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference.”

In his former role as a managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, Bugg-Levine designed and led the foundation’s “Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing” initiative and oversaw its program-related investment portfolio.

About the award: 
CASE founded the Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship. Honorees may be social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, researchers, writers or academics whose work has had positive social impact by encouraging or demonstrating innovation and promoting effectiveness within the social sector.

Past recipients include: Vanessa Kirsch, New Profit, Inc.; Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund; David Bornstein, journalist and author, “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Idea”; Bill Drayton, Ashoka; Ami Dar, Action Without Borders and Idealist.org; Wendy Kopp, Teach for America; Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank; and Bill Strickland, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center.

About CASE: 
CASE is a research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business that develops and disseminates knowledge related to social entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.caseatduke.org/ or sign up for CASE news at www.caseatduke.org/contact/.