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NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: Impact investing: Catalyzing economic resilience in Iowa communities post COVID-19

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Here is an insightful piece by Kavilash Chawla, principal of Bâton Global in Des Moines, in which he outlines his concept for mobilizing a coalition of impact investors across Iowa’s philanthropic, public and private sectors to provide access to capital for Iowa’s small businesses to restart in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Through a deliberate impact investing approach, local economies in Iowa communities can be revitalized,” Chawla writes. “Impact investing is the investment of capital to generate both financial and social return. It spans the risk-return spectrum from investment capital that is purely philanthropic and seeks only social return, to blended rate finance that seeks below-market returns alongside social return, through to market rate funding that seeks market rate returns and social impact.” To read more about Chawla’s vision for the establishment of the Iowa Impact Investment Fund, visit his LinkedIn post here.

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