Ceniarth is a family office and related private foundation that supports social entrepreneurs delivering market-based solutions that improve livelihoods in underserved communities. Ceniarth primarily engages in developing economies in sectors such as agriculture, energy, and financial inclusion. Leveraging a full spectrum of financial tools, Ceniarth aims to support the most effective enterprises generating measurable impacts within target communities.
In this podcast, Ceniarth directors Diane Isenberg and Greg Neichin talk about the wide-ranging support that Ceniarth can provide to social entrepreneurs and innovators: from leveraging grants and program-related investments to investing return-seeking capital. They emphasize the importance of providing finance that is appropriate to the specific needs of different social ventures.
Diane and Greg also share their views on the state of impact investing today, warn of the dangers of impact investment hyperbole, and investors who want to “have it all.” They talk about Ceniarth’s increasingly focus on assuring capital efficiency of dollars for impact, how Ceniarth uses capital to build ecosystems, and they offer invaluable advice for social entrepreneurs looking for financial support.