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The Impact Investing Market in the COVID-19 Context: An Overview

Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition (R3 Coalition) June 18, 2020 Rachel Bass; Sponsored by the R3 Coalition, which is financially supported by David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Sorenson Impact Foundation.

The impact investing community is needed now more than ever to address the large-scale social and economic consequences of the global coronavirus pandemic. To catalyze strategic flows of impact investment capital and position impact investors to support their current investees, the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition (R3 Coalition) launched in May 2020.

One critical component of the R3 Coalition is the delivery of market intelligence on financing needs and effective strategies to address those needs. Many impact investors have already demonstrated a commitment to address the emerging needs and challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis.

This issue brief is the first in a series, which intends to describe the current state of play for impact investors. It includes data from the GIIN’s 2020 Annual Impact Investor Survey as well as new primary research sourced from 97 investors who expressed interest in joining the R3 Coalition to contribute to the impact investing industry’s efforts to accelerate the immediate response to the crisis, strengthen recovery, and build resilience against future crises. Key topics covered through this piece include:

  • the changing social and environmental needs facing the world as the pandemic spreads;
  • how investors’ objectives and targets have evolved to reflect these new realities;
  • impact investment capital currently available to respond to the COVID-19 crisis; and
  • challenges facing impact investors’ current portfolios and limiting additional capital deployment

Download the R3 Coalition’s first issue brief on The Impact Investing Market in COVID-19 below:

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