What is Kingdom Impact?

What is Kingdom Impact?

Part 2 in our "Defining and Measuring Series"

"I own a company and I'm a Christian. Does that mean you can invest in my company?" - We get a version of this question at least once a week at Impact Foundation. Consequently, we've spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to say deploy capital for social and spiritual impact alongside financial gain. Is it enough to have "christian" management? Must the organization sell "spiritual" goods or services? 

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"Kingdom Impact Investing" - it's the least bad option

"Kingdom Impact Investing" - it's the least bad option

Part 1 in our "Defining and Measuring Series"

To reach broader adoption, kingdom impact investing needs a unified definition and a basic set of metrics to help determine if it works. Over the next few blogs, we'll explore these issues but first can't we find a better phrase? 

"Kingdom" in our usage refers to the kingdom of God, as Jesus described it in His teachings. Not every follower of Jesus is comfortable with this phrase. For us at Impact Foundation, the hope of this Kingdom drives everything we do. Thus, it seems a suitable adjective to differentiate our version of "impact investing" and the least bad option. 

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What do we measure?

What do we measure?

part 3 of 3 in our "Defining and Measuring Series"

Tracking performance of investments to determine if we're meeting our goals for spiritual transformation feels like the holy grail of Kingdom Impact Investing. It’s time to put forth a working version that can be implemented now and improved over time because we have seen the power of Kingdom Impact Investing and want to unleash it for more good.

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Elevating a Country's GDP: Laos Agriventures

Elevating a Country's GDP: Laos Agriventures

Sitting between Thailand and Vietnam, the country of Laos is marked by rugged mountains and one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world. This poverty fuels the two largest industries in the Golden Triangle (Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Myanmar): opium trade and human trafficking.

Jobs and the hope of the Gospel - they're needed here perhaps more than anywhere else. Fortunately, the Lao government has been implementing reforms meriting attention from US investors. For those interested in alleviating poverty through sustainable business, it's an attractive place. That it why Laos Agriventure got its start. 

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Investing for a Triple Bottom Line: Craig and April Chapman

Investing for a Triple Bottom Line: Craig and April Chapman

In their own words, Craig and April Chapman describe their experiences investing for impact.

Historically, we have set aside some amount of our personal financial resources to go to non-profits; i.e. organizations that improve the lives of others, with the goal of impacting not only their physical, emotional or educational needs, but also pointing them to God. FThe problem is that once we give the money away, it’s gone – and we have to continue making money in order to give more away. Clearly, that is not a sustainable strategy unless we have an unlimited capacity to make money. That’s where impact investing comes in.

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Collateral Good: How One Honduran Business is Catalyzing Growth for the Region

Collateral Good: How One Honduran Business is Catalyzing Growth for the Region

Winding along dirt roads South of San Pedro Sula for two hours gave us plenty of time to talk. As we drove, Pete pointed out the truck window at the rows of young coffee, yucca, and pineapple. "All those fields are new. The first time I came out here [on a five hour donkey ride] there was nothing in these hills. Can you guess why that changed?"

Drought ended? Drug cartels stopped fighting in the region? Some nonprofit moved in with an agriculture program? 

No, no, and no. 

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