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The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World s Most Vexing Social Problems by Marc J. Lane

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Chapter 12Impact InvestingPursuing Its Destiny

Each year the impact investing community comes together at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco for the annual “SOCAP”—Social Capital Markets conference. SOCAP was founded by three visionaries: Kevin Jones, the founder of Good Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in social enterprises, and a member of the team launching the first U.S. node by the Hub, a network of more than a dozen work spaces for social entrepreneurs in cities across the world from Cairo to London; Rose Lee Harden, an Episcopal priest who ran Habitat for Humanity's Jackson, Mississippi, affiliate; and Tim Freundlich, who organized the Giving Fund, a $60 million impact investment–based donor fund, and went on to expand it into Impact Assets, which he serves as president.

SOCAP connects global innovators—socially conscious individual investors, foundations, institutions, and social entrepreneurs—to bolster the market at the nexus of money and meaning. They share ideas, collaborate, and go home inspired and empowered by their peers. Once a small conference held next door to Fisherman's Wharf, SOCAP now attracts some 2,000 attendees from more than fifty countries.

You might find Andrew Wolk at SOCAP. Wolk is the founder of Root Cause, a Boston-based consulting company specially purposed to serve nonprofits, foundations, donors, and governments on social innovation. Unhappy with the lack of coordination in the social innovation space, Wolk founded Root Cause ...

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