Impact investing glossary


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PitchBook is a financial data and software company headquartered in Seattle has put together a short glossary of terms with which anyone interested in impact investing should be familiar. Including are descriptions of the following terms and concepts:


  • Development Finance Institution (DFI)
  • Environmental, Social and Governance criteria (ESG)
  • Impact
  • Impact Investing
  • Mission-Related Investments (MRIs)
  • Program-Related Investments (PRIs)
  • Social Enterprises
  • Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
  • U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
  • Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI)
  • Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ)
  • Qualified Opportunity Fund (O-Fund)
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Impact investing glossary

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Foundation: Lumina Foundation

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