The 17 Sustainable Development Goals ("Global Goals") set by the United Nations General Assembly are designed to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable world by the year 2030. The UN estimates reaching the Global Goals will cost nearly $4 trillion annually. Government funding and philanthropy have a critical role to play, but the scale of these goals – indeed, the scale of the global challenges we face – require significant investment from the private sector.
As a global fintech company, Liquidnet’s core strength is using technology and the power of a trusted network to improve the capital markets. Liquidnet for Good applies these strengths to channel more investments that build a better world. We want to optimize the amount of private capital available for the public good, including more effective philanthropy and more impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Ultimately, we want to connect the world’s investors to impact opportunities; providing capital for good ideas anywhere in the world. Through Liquidnet for Good, we are laying the groundwork for this ambitious vision. We make grants to nonprofits and collaborate with leaders in the market. We established the Liquidnet for Good Fund to enable us to back promising early-stage businesses.
The Liquidnet for Good Fund is a “donor advised fund” funded by contributions from Liquidnet and administered by the nonprofit ImpactAssets. Overseen by an Investment Committee of employees, we use this fund to make investments into for-profit companies aligned to our strategy and approved by ImpactAssets. Any investment returns go back into the fund, allowing us to either invest in other such companies or provide charitable contributions to eligible nonprofits.
We support scalable business solutions to social and environmental challenges:
Ignite Power: The Liquidnet for Good Fund invested in this distributed solar financing company serving low-income households in Eastfrica who are not connected to the electric grid. (Global Goal #7 – Affordable and Clean Energy)
Tikkun Olam Ventures (TOV): Liquidnet provides philanthropic support to this blended finance project, which combines philanthropic and commercial capital to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia increase their yields and incomes. TOV provides the farmers with training and loans to purchase and use agricultural technology. (Global Goal #1 – No Poverty and Global Goal #2 - Zero Hunger)
We back companies building tools to accelerate impact investing
ImpactAlpha: The Liquidnet for Good Fund invested in this media company providing news, data, and insights for people working in the impact investing market.
iPAR: The Liquidnet for Good Fund invested in this technology platform that helps investors capture, report, and manage information about the social and environmental performance of their investments.
We strengthen communities of impact investing early-adopters
MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT): Liquidnet sponsors this experiential learning program designed to give students at business and graduate schools a hands-on education in impact investing. Each year, hundreds of students from more than 25 of the leading business schools around the world learn how to source, perform due diligence, and present early stage impact investment proposals. The Liquidnet for Good Fund invests in the winning companies, as judged by an investment committee that reviews student pitches.
Impact Network-NYC: Liquidnet hosts a monthly breakfast at its New York office for people active in advancing the field of impact investing, including managers of several impact-themed venture capital funds.
Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN): Liquidnet is a Network Member of this organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.
Mission Investors Exchange (MIE): Liquidnet is an Affiliate Member of this network of more than 200 foundations dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental change.
We improve philanthropy’s effectiveness through better data and feedback loops
Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good): Liquidnet supports this Stanford University program to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society. This project was formerly known as “Markets for Good”, an initiative Liquidnet started to improve the social sector’s capacity to generate, share, and use data to inform better decision making in philanthropy.
- Fund for Shared Insight: Liquidnet was a founding core funder of this collaboration to improve philanthropy by listening and responding to feedback from the people and communities that nonprofits seek to help. Liquidnet was the only corporate funder, partnering closely with some of the world’s leading foundations.