Intro to Impact Investing: Invest for Positive Return & Social Good

Devin Thorpe, Champion of Social Good

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12 Videos (29m)
    • Welcome and Introduction

      0:22
    • Course Overview

      1:00
    • Defining Impact Investing

      2:31
    • Socially Responsible Investing

      1:54
    • Examples of Impact Investing

      3:24
    • Making Your First Impact Investment

      3:41
    • Choose Your Impact

      2:57
    • Your Risk Appetite

      2:48
    • Evaluating Riskier Impact Investments

      2:22
    • Measuring and Reporting Impact

      1:40
    • Financial Due Diligence

      4:47
    • Course Review

      1:35

About This Class

This course will teach you the basics of impact investing, including a fully developed understanding of what it is and how you can start doing it. You do not need a financial background or a college degree to take this course.

The course should take about 30 minutes to complete and when you're done, you should be ready to actually make an impact investment, allowing you to start earning a financial return while doing good with your money.

The course is comprised primarily of videos that will help you to understand all of the basic concepts. The course will not use much talking head video; instead, you'll see the ideas presented on screen in words, charts and graphs. You'll see as little of me as I can get away with!

The course has three sections. The first will define what impact investing is and, importantly, what it is not, along with some simple, real world examples. The second will provide instructions for making your first, simple impact investment. Finally, the third will explain how you can begin evaluating higher risk impact investments that have the potential to make a bigger impact while possibly earning you a higher financial return.

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Devin Thorpe

Champion of Social Good

Author | Journalist | Speaker

Champion of Social Good

Devin Thorpe was a finance guy until he realized life wasn’t all about the money. As a new-media journalist and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, Devin has established himself as a champion of social good. As a Forbes contributor, with 350 bylines and over one million unique visitors, he has become a recognized name in the social impact arena. His YouTube show, featuring over 600 celebrities, CEOs, billionaires, entrepreneurs and others who are out to change the world, has been viewed over 200,000 times, giving him a recognizable face as well.

Watch my speech at the United Nations. This keynote is called “Adding Profit by Adding Purpose.”

Previously, Devin served as the CFO of the third largest company on the 2009 Inc. 500 list. He also founded and led an NASD-registered investment bank. After completing a degree in finance at the University of Utah, he earned an MBA from Cornell University.

Having lived on three continents and visited over 30 countries on six continents and with guests from around the world on his show, Devin brings a global perspective to audiences around the world–from the UN to Nepal–empowering them to do more good and make their mark on the world. These lessons also enable them to change their personal lives and to drive positive change within their organizations. His books provide roadmaps to audiences on how to use money for good. His books have been read nearly 1 million times!

Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth, volunteering whenever and wherever he can, with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son, Dayton, is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses the opportunity to mention that).