New Book Launches! “The Impact Investor”

Hot off the press! We’re excited to announce the launch of: The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism, co-authored by CASE i3 Director Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson, and Ben Thornley.

The Impact Investor is born out of the authors’ many years of experience in the impact investing field and their in-depth research on the best practices of high performing funds and investors.  As Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, says,

“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.”

Designed to be a practical, hands-on resource, The Impact Investor includes case studies, lessons, and toolkits for a variety of audiences. Investors, financial services professionals, foundation and nonprofit leaders, policy makers, corporate leaders, and MBA students will all find something useful and thought provoking in the book.

With growing interest in opportunities to combine the pursuit of social value with financial return, The Impact Investor comes at an opportune time.  As the authors explain, impact investing is truly a cross-sector discipline, born out of market failure, based on theory of change methodology, and requiring rigorous financial metrics.  Collaboration across sectors – public, nonprofit, and business – is critical for success and continued growth of this field. The Impact Investor helps practitioners from each sector better understand the role they can play in building this movement.  Just as importantly, the book shines a light on the expertise, skills, and unique perspective we should seek in partnerships with those outside our own sector.  From the authors,

“While many books have been written about the skills needed to lead WITHIN organizations, the characteristics here are unique in that they are related to the skills needed to successfully lead ACROSS organizations.”

This is a good call to action for all of us to consider the steps we can take to act more collaboratively to address critical challenges and achieve significant social impact.

Congratulations to Cathy, Ben, and Jed on the release of this excellent resource for anyone committed to working towards a new era of collaborative capitalism. Learn more and purchase the book at: