The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has released its 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey. The survey is an analysis of the activities of 209 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations, including fund managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, and insurance companies. Survey respondents collectively manage nearly $114 billion in impact assets, a figure which serves as the best-available “floor” for the size of the impact investing market. 

Among the highlights* of the report:

  • In 2016, respondents saw progress in key indicators of industry growth, such as the availability of qualified professionals, data on products and performance, and high-quality investment opportunities.
  • They also continued to face challenges related to availability of appropriate capital of different types and a lack of shared vocabulary to define and segment the industry.
  • In aggregate, 205 respondents invested USD 22.1 billion into nearly 8,000 impact investments in 2016 and plan to increase capital invested by 17% to USD 25.9 billion in 2017.
  • In total, 208 respondents currently manage USD 114 billion in impact investing assets. (One declined to provide this information.)
  • Nearly universally, respondents measure their social and/or environmental performance, using a mix of proprietary metrics, qualitative information, and IRIS-aligned metrics.
  • The overwhelming majority of respondents reported that their investments have either met or exceeded their expectations for both impact (98%) and financial performance (91%).

*GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey 2017 Executive Summary   

Full survey here


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