ImpactPHL News

5 Years of ImpactPHL: 15 Regional Impact Investing Growth Signals to Accelerate

October 8, 2021

What future do you imagine for the Greater Philadelphia region? When we ask this question, responses touch on everything from climate resiliency to racial justice, eliminating poverty to greater health equity. While the answers are varied, they boil down to a common core: People want well-being for themselves, family, neighbors, communities, our region, and our […]

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5 Years of ImpactPHL Ventures: ‘Big Change can be Enabled with Key, Early Investments’

August 2, 2021

In 2016, Philadelphia’s economy was doing well by many traditional measures, boasting nine consecutive years of population growth, declining unemployment, increasing levels of educated residents, and a growing national reputation as a startup and technology hub. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, having invested $200 million in more than 2,000 companies generating more than 32,000 jobs since […]

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He Will Not Rest

August 2, 2018

The passing of civic icon and Citizen Chairman Jeremy Nowak leaves a void for those who loved him and for the city he loved “Man plans, and God laughs.” That’s an old Jewish axiom that Jeremy Nowak—public intellectual, Philadelphia civic icon, and our Chairman here at The Citizen—liked to say. He’d chortle at the vicissitudes […]

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5 Ways Impact Investors and Philanthropists Can Innovate to Solve Philly’s Biggest Problems

March 22, 2018

Philadelphia needs more cash. Admidst crippling poverty and a proliferation of struggling nonprofits, the city ranks 43rd of the United States’ 50 biggest cities in charitable giving, with residents donating an average of only 2.5 percent of their income. Could the savior of our charitable woes be … capitalism? We’ve written extensively on the region’s impact investing scene, which employs venture capital to support […]

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ImpactPHL is a Year Old. Here’s What it’s Achieved — and What it’s Still Working On

August 28, 2017

A lot has changed in the past year. For the sake of saving ourselves a political headache, we’ll stick with a few items of local social enterprise news: The Knight Cities Challenge-winning Institute for Hip Hop Entrepreneurship graduated its inaugural class of music entrepreneurs. Borderwise came into the public spotlight for its work in simplifying the immigration process. NeedsList has earned accolades before it’s even officially […]

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