Indian “Impact Investing”

December 18, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Spurred by news of Indian investor Hemendra Kothari’s recent grant matching a large fund-raising drive, DNA India discusses innovative philanthropy trends in that country.

Much of the article focuses on so-called “impact investing.” Rather than simply giving money to charity, these high net worth individuals invest in things like real estate groups providing low-income housing.

The new strategy involves placing capital in businesses that can make an intentional positive social and environmental impact and also generate financial returns. Just to reiterate, generating profits is a secondary motive.

Investing will always be primarily about generating profits. However, these kinds of efforts may discover some innovative methods which others can reproduce.


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