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Building Global Library Leaders: An Evaluation of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

November 2014

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign runs training programs to strengthen the leadership and librarianship of librarians from around the world and to enable them to improve their libraries and communities. Arabella Advisors assessed the impact of the Center’s annual Associates programs and of its country- or region-specific programs. Its programs help librarians build their communications, leadership, and librarianship through trainings and library site tours.

Link to the Mortensen Center for International Library Programs’ website

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Measuring the Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

September 2014

The global movement to divest from fossil fuels has mobilized billions of dollars in capital and engaged a broad segment of society to accelerate the just transition to a clean-energy economy. This report details the scope and scale of fossil fuel divestment commitments made to date.

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Lessons for Media Innovators

August 2014

The Knight News Challenge is an open contest designed to accelerate innovation in the ways that we create, consume, and share news and information. Recently, Arabella Advisors prepared a report on behalf of the Knight Foundation that tracks the progress of the 2010-2011 Knight News Challenge winners and offers insight into what makes media innovations successful. The report outlines eight key lessons for funders and innovators alike about how to develop successful news and information projects, and it provides guidance for any funder who seeks to nurture innovation.

Link to the Knight News Challenge website

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Insights on Program-Related Investing

June 2014

In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation funded an independent evaluation, conducted by Arabella Advisors, of 12 years of program-related investments (PRIs) made both domestically and internationally. The findings of our evaluation address the portfolio’s social and financial performance, as well as opportunities to refine the PRI program strategy and align it with the foundation’s focus areas and grant-making programs. The report also considers the foundation’s contributions to the larger impact investing ecosystem. The foundation has since adjusted its practices based on the report’s findings, many of which are relevant to anyone interested in PRIs or related approaches to impact investing.

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Experiences in Impact Investing in Latin America and the Caribbean

June 2014

This webinar, hosted by Arabella Advisors, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Linked Foundation, focused on investors’ experiences with impact investing in Latin America and the Caribbean. During this webinar, panelists discussed trends, opportunities, investment approaches, and best practices for investment in the region.

This webinar features:

  • Cynthia Muller, Senior Director of Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors
  • Oscar Farfan, Investment Officer, Multilateral Investment Fund, IDB
  • Susana Garcia-Robles, Principal Investment Officer, Multilateral Investment Fund, IDB
  • Paola Pedroza, Investment Officer, Multilateral Investment Fund, IDB
  • Nancy Swanson, Executive Director, Linked Foundation

View and listen to the entire conversation to learn more.

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