You will feel like a hero by investing your money to do good! Learn how!
This course will teach you the basics of impact investing, including a fully developed understanding of what it is and how you can start doing it. You do not need a financial background or a college degree to take this course.
The course should take about 30 minutes to complete and when you're done, you should be ready to actually make an impact investment, allowing you to start earning a financial return while doing good with your money.
The course is comprised primarily of videos that will help you to understand all of the basic concepts. The course will not use much talking head video, instead you'll see the ideas presented on screen in words, charts and graphs. You'll see as little of me as I can get away with!
The course has three sections. The first will define what impact investing is and, importantly, what it is not, along with some simple, real world examples. The second will provide instructions for making your first, simple impact investment. Finally, the third will explain how you can begin evaluating higher risk impact investments that have the potential to make a bigger impact while possibly earning you a higher financial return.
This lecture will ensure that you have the vocabulary you need to engage in impact investing.
This lecture will help you understand the difference between socially responsible investing and impact investing.
This lecture presents three specific impact investment options that you can consider today.
This lecture will help you begin to think about the impact you want to have on the world.
This lecture will help you begin to weigh risks and returns when you make impact investments.
This lecture will help you find riskier impact investments.
This lecture will help you understand the importance of measuring and reporting impact.
This lecture will introduce you to the basics of doing "due diligence" on your impact investments.
Devin Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of third largest company on the 2009 Inc. 500 list—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream. More recently, Devin completed his latest book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark On The World.
Now, as a journalist, author, speaker, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good. He has written about 400 articles for Forbes as well as the Deseret News, the Rotarian Magazine and other online publications. He publishes the websites YourMarkOnTheWorld, MySocialGoodNews and GoodCrowdInfo. He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, emcee, and trainer.
As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions.
Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship.
Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.
Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).