(Rebecca Herman is special projects associate for Glasspockets at the Foundation Center-San Francisco.)
In the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog today, Lisa Kleissner, president of the KL Felicitas Foundation, called for more transparency in impact investing and highlighted benefits of sharing impact performance data. Kleissner’s article, Creating a Better Future Through Transparency, accompanies the release of a report detailing the financial performance of the KL Felicitas Foundation’s impact investment portfolio over the past seven years. The report, titled Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results, was published by Sonen Capital and can be downloaded online (registration required).
Kleissner commented in her article that the report’s goal is to help fill the gap in performance data on impact investments. If there is more transparency in financial and impact performance, Kleissner argues, investors who are interested in positive social impact can learn from different investment approaches. Impact investors and social entrepreneurs may also be interested in exploring the Toniic network, which Kleissner co-founded as a global impact investing platform. As impact investing and social entrepreneurship continues to increase, we look forward to hearing more ideas about how to share outcomes and lessons learned in this burgeoning field.
-- Rebecca Herman