Impact Investing

Challenging the False Narrative

LOHAS’ mission is not only to drive more capital into impact investments, but also to challenge the false narrative that investments delivering real social or environmental benefits cannot yield market-rate (or greater) returns as well.

We work with clients to understand their risk/return profiles and explore alternative investment strategies, and then we source, analyze, structure, and support impact investment transactions for our clients.

Customized Impact Portfolios

We operate alongside our clients’ investment advisors and wealth managers to identify the optimal mix of financial requirements and social or environmental values to develop customized impact portfolios.

LOHAS specializes in identifying, evaluating, and delivering investment opportunities that first meet financial return objectives and then align with our clients’ values. We source only those deals, fund managers, and projects that meet the “best in class” standards of our clients and their advisors.

Our deep industry knowledge and relationships expand investment options and help build supportive partner relationships that increase the efficacy and benefits of identified investments.

“Let’s get real – individual investors have no sway in the public markets. The place where individual investors can have the most impact – by far – is in providing direct growth capital to private companies and social enterprises.  Instead [we are] giving investors an (arguably) false sense of doing good through ESG funds…”

– Don Shaffer, former CEO, RSF Social Finance

Supporting Our Clients' Passions

LOHAS tailors its advice to support the passions of its clients and ties those activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for tracking purposes.

Impact Investment Asset Classes

Impact Investment Asset Classes

Direct private equity

Direct private equity

Direct private equity

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Real estate (e.g. green buildings, affordable housing)

Real estate (e.g. green buildings, affordable housing)

Real estate (e.g. green buildings, affordable housing)

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Private equity funds

Private equity funds

Private equity funds

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Infrastructure (e.g. renewables, public transportation)

Infrastructure (e.g. renewables, public transportation)

Infrastructure (e.g. renewables, public transportation)

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Direct private debt

Direct private debt

Direct private debt

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Public Equity

Public Equity

Public Equity

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Private debt funds

Private debt funds

Private debt funds

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Cash & cash equivalents

Cash & cash equivalents

Cash & cash equivalents

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Public debt

Public debt

Public debt

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Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Investment Sectors

Impact Investment Sectors

Education

Education

Education

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Agriculture & Food

Agriculture & Food

Agriculture & Food

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Energy & Resource Efficiency

Energy & Resource Efficiency

Energy & Resource Efficiency

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Health care and wellness

Health care and wellness

Health care and wellness

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Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

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Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development

0%

Sustainable consumer products

Sustainable consumer products

Sustainable consumer products

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Job creation

Job creation

Job creation

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Women’s Empowerment

Women’s Empowerment

Women’s Empowerment

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Access to finance

Access to finance

Access to finance

0%

Sustainable infrastructure

Sustainable infrastructure

Sustainable infrastructure

0%

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

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Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

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Asset Classes

Impact Investing Asset Classes

Direct private equity

Direct private equity

Direct private equity

0%

Real estate (e.g. green buildings)

Real estate (e.g. green buildings)

Real estate (e.g. green buildings, affordable housing)

0%

Private equity funds

Private equity funds

Private equity funds

0%

Infrastructure (e.g., public transportation)

Infrastructure (e.g., public transportation)

Infrastructure (e.g., public transportation)

0%

Direct private debt

Direct private debt

Direct private debt

0%

Public Equity

Public Equity

Public Equity

0%

Private debt funds

Private debt funds

Private debt funds

0%

Cash & cash equivalents

Cash & cash equivalents

Cash & cash equivalents

0%

Public debt

Public debt

Public debt

0%

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Investment Sectors

Impact Investing Sectors

Education

Education

Education

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Agriculture & Food

Agriculture & Food

Agriculture & Food

0%

Energy & Resource Efficiency

Energy & Resource Efficiency

Energy & Resource Efficiency

0%

Health care and wellness

Health care and wellness

Health care and wellness

0%

Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

0%

Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development

0%

Sustainable consumer products

Sustainable consumer products

Sustainable consumer products

0%

Job creation

Job creation

Job creation

0%

Women’s Empowerment

Women’s Empowerment

Women’s Empowerment

0%

Access to finance

Access to finance

Access to finance

0%

Sustainable infrastructure

Sustainable infrastructure

Sustainable infrastructure

0%

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

0%

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2019

“Investors have been thinking for decades on how to get harmful things out of their portfolios, but [impact investing] is about proactively investing in solutions. It is that much more intentional step about investing in things like climate change directly.”

– Amit Bouri, CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network

Despite the dramatic growth, obstacles for impact investors remain

Most common challenges in impact investing

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Difficulties measuring social/environmental impact

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Due diligence challenges

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Difficulties identifying attractive deals/funds

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Market at early stage/immature

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Lack of track record data on performance

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Lack of supportive/knowledgeable advisers

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Returns don't meet expectations

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Lack of government support

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Lack of time/staff resources

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High levels of risk

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Insufficient knowledge/skills

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Scale of the deals (too big/too small)

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High Costs

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Difficulties measuring social/environmental impact

Difficulties measuring social/environmental impact

Difficulties measuring social/environmental impact

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Due diligence challenges

Due diligence challenges

Due diligence challenges

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Difficulties identifying attractive deals/funds or lack of deal flow

Difficulties identifying attractive deals/funds or lack of deal flow

Difficulties identifying attractive deals/funds or lack of deal flow

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Market at early stage/immature

Market at early stage/immature

Market at early stage/immature

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Lack of track record data on performance

Lack of track record data on performance

0%

Lack of supportive/knowledgeable advisors

Lack of supportive/knowledgeable advisors

Lack of supportive/knowledgeable advisors

0%

Returns don't meet expectations

Returns don't meet expectations

Returns don't meet expectations

0%

Lack of government support

Lack of government support

Lack of government support

0%

Lack of time/staff resources

Lack of time/staff resources

Lack of time/staff resources

0%

High levels of risk

High levels of risk

High levels of risk

0%

Insufficient knowledge/skills

Insufficient knowledge/skills

Insufficient knowledge/skills

0%

Scale of the deals (too big/too small)

Scale of the deals (too big/too small)

Scale of the deals (too big/too small)

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High Costs

High Costs

High Costs

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Areas addressed by LOHAS Advisors

Source: The UBS/Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2018. Note: Respondents were able to select multiple options

What are some areas of investment interest to LOHAS clients?

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Women-founded/led organizations

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Climate change mitigation

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Healthcare issues and access

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Infrastructure resiliency

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Social impact entertainment

Sustainable real estate

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Place-based initiatives

Clean energy and water

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Financial inclusion

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Ocean health

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Affordable housing

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Wildlife and nature conservation

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Fair senior housing

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Sustainable food and agriculture

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Racial equity and social justice

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Eco-tourism

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Education

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Clean transportation

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Financial Literacy

Sustainable waste management

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Women-founded/led organizations

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Healthcare issues and access

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Social impact entertainment

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Place-based initiatives

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Financial inclusion

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Affordable housing

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Fair senior housing

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Racial equity and social justice

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Education

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Financial Literacy

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Climate change mitigation

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Infrastructure resiliency

Sustainable real estate

Clean energy and water

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Ocean health

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Wildlife and nature conservation

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Sustainable food and agriculture

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Eco-tourism

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Clean transportation

Sustainable waste management

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Overcoming Obstacles and
Bridging Divides

Align your or your client’s passions with profits. Contact us today to learn how.

LOHAS works with its clients and their investment advisors and wealth managers to identify the optimal mix of financial requirements and social or environmental values for investing that delivers both profit and impact.

LOHAS works with its clients and their investment advisors and wealth managers to understand risk/return profiles and explore alternative investment strategies, and then we source, analyze, help structure, and support impact investment transactions.

LOHAS works with a variety of clients on issues most relevant to them, customizing each engagement to meet their needs; but we also focus heavily on key areas and strategies that reflect our team’s expertise and more effectively enable our clients’ aspirations.

Investment seeking both profit and impact comes from a growing variety of sources – from individual investors to organizations to their advisors – and LOHAS works with each to support their specific needs, developing customized strategies and providing hands-on implementation.

Whether keynoting or moderating family office, impact investing, or social impact entertainment conferences, contributing to leading publications, delivering or participating in webinars or podcasts, or providing interviews on key industry topics, the LOHAS team helps drive public discourse on investment delivering both profit and impact.

LOHAS team members leverage vast operational experience and extensive industry relationships to deliver execution-ready impact investing strategies with enabling partner affiliations and hands-on support.