Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Nancy Pfund on Impact Investing

The Commonwealth Club
March 21, 2017

Nancy Pfund, Founder, DBL Partners

David Bank; Edi­tor, Impact Alpha—Moderator

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is a series of con­ver­sa­tions sup­ported by Bank of the West.

Lis­ten to the Podcast

Whether you’re an investor, an entre­pre­neur or a con­sumer, we all make deci­sions about how to spend our money every day. How do you decide where to spend, and how to make the biggest impact through what prod­ucts, com­pa­nies, efforts and issues you sup­port? Join Nancy Pfund, founder of DBL Part­ners (Dou­ble Bot­tom Line), in con­ver­sa­tion with David Bank of Impact Alpha, as they demys­tify the world of impact invest­ing. For starters, what is impact invest­ing? It turns out that finan­cial suc­cess can and does go hand-​​in-​​hand with social change, and DBL Part­ners is part of a grow­ing move­ment demon­strat­ing this pos­si­bil­ity every day. DBL Part­ners’ approach to ven­ture cap­i­tal is two-​​pronged: They achieve high ven­ture cap­i­tal returns, and they also incor­po­rate a sec­ond bot­tom line by work­ing with com­pa­nies they invest in to cre­ate eco­nomic, social and envi­ron­men­tal impact. Two birds with one stone: profit and pos­i­tive impact. Nancy and her team are inno­va­tors who are set­ting the stan­dard for other investors and com­pa­nies to con­sider suc­cess beyond the single-​​profit bot­tom line. Today, orga­ni­za­tions such as SolarCity, Pan­dora and Patag­o­nia build social impact into their busi­ness plans from the very begin­ning because of lead­er­ship by impact investors, and the rip­ple effect is real. Who says your dol­lars can’t count for dou­ble? Come learn how impact invest­ing is chang­ing the game when it comes to mak­ing money matter.