Impact investing has emerged as a promising tool for tackling some of the world’s most complex and enduring social problems.

These types of investments span across asset classes and occur in both emerging and developed markets. Impact investments are financing diverse efforts throughout the social sector, including education, agriculture, financial services, the environment, and healthcare.

Latest Published Research

On October 7, 2015, Wharton Social Impact Initiative released “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing.”

The groundbreaking study provides an objective, rigorous look at two of the most important aspects of impact investing: financial returns and long-term impact. Read the press release. Read the full report online.

Wharton’s strong history with financial research and the financial services industry provides a unique opportunity to examine impact investing with the same rigor it has used with other investment tools and strategies.

Our multifaceted approach is building the evidence base through rigorous academic research, and advancing the talent pipeline by training students—the next generation of investors—to combine financial expertise with an understanding of social problems, change strategies, and impact evaluation.