February 20, 2017Resources

Suz Mac Cormac to Speak at Confluence Philanthropy

Suz Mac Cormac will speak as a panelist at Confluence Philanthropy’s 7th Annual Practitioners Gathering in New Orleans, LA. She will join representatives from The Greenlining Institute, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, IKEA, Aspen Institute of Work Initiative, and Camelback Ventures for “Reimagining Capitalism: The Path Towards Sustainable Value Creation.” ...›

January 19, 2017Funding/Financing

Social Impact Funds: Structuring Considerations

Impact investing, generally speaking, refers to investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. The market for impact investing continues to grow. According to May 2016 data from the Global Impact Investing Network, approximately $77.4B is currently invested in impact assets across approximately 403 funds and products. ...›

November 29, 2016Deal Structures, Reporting

5 Reasons to be Bullish on the Post-Election Impact Economy

The presidential election on November 8, 2016 sent shockwaves through socially and environmentally responsible business communities in the United States and around the world. As folks begin to recover, it’s critical to think clearly about what steps we can take to foster new momentum, creativity, and courage as we move forward. Here is what is keeping our MoFo Impact Team bullish on the impact economy ...›

November 23, 2016Measuring, Reporting

Suz Mac Cormac speaks at Aspire Forum 2016

Earlier this year, Suz Mac Cormac spoke at Bloom Energy ASPIRE Forum 2016. The ASPIRE Forum brought together business leaders, policy makers, analysts and technology experts to discuss the latest developments in the evolving business, policy, and technology landscape and how we can drive to a lower carbon future that delivers power that is secure, ...›

November 22, 2016Funding/Financing

Social Impact Bonds: What’s in a Name?

Anna Pinedo recently co-authored “Social Impact Bonds: What’s in a Name?” for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article describes the potential of social impact bonds for the nonprofit sector and discusses why the financial instrument should be renamed and re-formed as a debt security known as an “impact security.” Read the full article. ...›

November 21, 2016Corporate Form

Finding the Right Legal Structure for UK Social Entrepreneurs

A team of London-based Morrison & Foerster attorneys assisted Thomson Reuters Foundation and UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, with developing the “UK Social Venture Structuring Guide.” The interactive guide was built to help social entrepreneurs in the UK determine the best legal structure for their social venture. Through ...›

October 28, 2016Resources

Turning the Page: How Kepler’s Books reinvented itself as a hybrid social enterprise

Partner Susan Mac Cormac was recently interviewed by the Stanford Social Innovation Review for her work setting up a hybrid social enterprise structure for beloved Bay Area bookstore, Kepler’s Books. Morrison and Foerster, along with other local business and community leaders, came together to launch “Kepler’s 2020,” an initiative to transform the independent bookstore into a next-generation community literary and cultural center. ...›