Sara Olsen and Jed Emerson Collaborate on The Impact Assets Handbook for Investors; Available for Pre-Order now!

October 5, 2017: Silicon Valley


SVT is pleased to announce a new book collaboration with Jed Emerson, The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors: Generating Social and Environmental Value through Capital Investing, a resource for investors looking to sharpen their approach, as well as new investors interested in receiving an orientation to impact investing strategies. Sara Olsen contributed a chapter on “the Measurement Challenge” covering: what impact, metrics and reporting in impact investing is, how you do it especially given that privately-held companies do not have to disclose their environmental and social performance, and emerging standards and norms in the profession.

In addition to Sara the book’s contributing authors are:

  • Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Threshold Group

  • Tim Freundlich, ImpactAssets

  • Brad Harrison, Threshold Group

  • Amy Hartzler, Do Good Better

  • Jennifer Kenning, Align Impact

  • Sandra Osborne, Impact Assets

  • Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Putnam Consulting Group

  • Lindsay Smalling, SOCAP

  • Matthew Weatherley-White, The CAPROCK Group

The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors: Generating Social and Environmental Value through Capital Investing is available for pre-order today. Get your copy here.

Book Summary

“The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors” offers an introductory overview for investors interested in generating financial returns with the creation of social and environmental impact. The handbook offers insights and approaches to developing strategy as well as an understanding of the issues and considerations of impact investors in practice. In addition to discussions of portfolio structure and strategy, the handbook offers an overview of due diligence necessary to assess potential investments, a discussion of communications and performance measurement issues, and other factors key to managing capital for multiple returns. With contributions from some of the field’s leading experts in impact investing, the handbook provides the reader with both broad advice and specific guidance concerning how to become best positioned to engage in impact investing as an asset owner, both large and small.

Advance Praise for The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors

“A much-needed guide for investors seeking to both understand the impact investing landscape and engage their own portfolios for impact. Full of examples and resources to provide guidance and insight along the journey.”

—Ron D. Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation


“The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors takes a sledgehammer to the fossilized mind-set that financial returns are all that matter. Jed Emerson and his coauthors give color and texture to an approach to investment and business that is changing our economy more effectively […] than government.”

—Seth Goldman, Co-founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea


“For investors who are serious about tackling social and environment issues, and considering making impact investments, this book is highly recommended. It is grounded in practical information, pragmatic advice and persuasive examples. Jed challenges traditional thinking, debunks myths and misperceptions about this powerful model of social change and makes impact investing accessible to an ever-widening circle of investors determined to change the world.”

—Amit Bouri, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Global Impact Investing Network


SVT Group is “your outsourced Chief Impact Officer,” a social and environmental impact management firm for organizations with a bold vision and a business metabolism. SVT provides advisory services and training, and has trained some 9000 individuals in person in impact management skills since 2001. Our clients have ranged from CalPERS to the Rockefeller Foundation and Yo Yo Ma.

SVT believes that when people have the information, tools and skills to account for social, environmental and financial value, they will compete to ensure an equitable future for everyone - and ultimately make it pay to do good. 

SVT’s Founder and CEO, Sara Olsen, is a pioneer in the social capital markets and has been recognized twice as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek for her work defining the impact management discipline. She is also a founding board member of Social Value United States.

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Jed Emerson is the chief impact strategist for ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm and is an internationally recognized author and thought leader within the field of impact investing. He has led, co-founded and served on the board of directors of a variety of impact funds, social enterprises and family office investment committees.

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