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Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017

The Global Impact Investing Network May 17, 2017 Abhilash Mudaliar, Hannah Schiff, Rachel Bass, Hannah Dithrich

The GIIN’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey is based on an analysis of the activities of 209 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations, including fund managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, and insurance companies. Survey respondents collectively manage nearly USD 114 billion in impact assets, a figure which serves as the best-available “floor” for the size of the impact investing market.

In its seventh edition, this state of the market report presents investors’ perspectives on key issues important to the impact investing industry, as well as analysis of their investment activity, asset allocations by geography, sector, and investment instrument, impact measurement practice, and performance. For the first time, the GIIN also examined investor perspectives on current market topics, such as market segmentation, the role of below-market-rate capital in impact investing, the entry of large-scale financial firms into the market, and impact investing in public equities. New topics also include investors’ commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The report was produced with support from the U.K. Government through the Department for International Development’s Impact Programme, as well as support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Interact with Data on Sub-Groups of Survey Respondents

In order to offer greater insight into findings from the GIIN’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey, the figures below show how findings vary between different sub-groups of respondents that share certain characteristics. Examples of sub-groups are investors with the majority of their capital allocated to a particular asset class or geography. The table to the right details the sub-groups included and their defining characteristics.

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Sub-group of RespondentsDescription of the category
Private Debt-focused Respondents that allocate 75% or more of their impact investment assets under management (as of end 2016) to private debt
Private Equity-focused Respondents that allocate 75% or more of their impact investment assets under management (as of end 2016) to private equity
Market Rate Respondents that principally target risk-adjusted, market-rate returns (as of end 2016)
Below Market Respondents that principally target below market-rate returns, some closer to market rate and some closer to capital preservation returns (as of end 2016)
Developed Market-focused Respondents that allocate 75% or more of their impact investment assets under management (as of end 2016) to developed markets
Emerging Market-focused Respondents that allocate 75% or more of their impact investment assets under management (as of end 2016) to emerging markets
GP General partners, defined as respondents that (1) invest ≥ 75% of their current impact investment AUM directly; and (2) do not invest through intermediaries including funds
LP Limited partners, defined as respondents that (1) invest < 75% of their impact investment AUM directly; and (2) invest through intermediaries including funds

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