All Things Impact.

exploring how we finance social good

Hi there. My name is Brian Walsh, and I am seeking to understand how we might best finance social good. 

About me

I oversee impact for Liquidnet, a New York-based financial technology company. Liquidnet operates a global trading network for institutional investors, using technology to improve the performance of the public equities and fixed income capital markets. As founder and Executive Director of Liquidnet For Good, I am responsible for putting the resources of Liquidnet to work to have a positive impact in the world.

Our first strategy is around employee engagement: providing Liquidnet employees with both the inspiration and the opportunity to give back, through local programs in the communities where the company has operations and through a groundbreaking global partnership with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), an innovative home, community, and high school for 500 orphans in Rwanda. Beyond managing the company's partnership with this project - including leading groups of employees on regular skills-based volunteer trips to Rwanda - I also serve on its board.

Our second strategy is around applying Liquidnet's expertise to social issues. Since our core strength is using technology and a trusted network to improve the performance of the capital markets, we're focused on improving two other markets: philanthropy and impact investing. 

To help improve philanthropy, I helped start an initiative called Markets for Good, which is now a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society (Stanford PACS). We're trying to uncover how the social sector might better generate, share, and use data and information to improve decision making. Liquidnet has also joined forces with several major funders to create the Fund for Shared Insight, a $16 million, multi-year collaborative effort to help foundations be more open and listen to the people they seek to help.

To help improve impact investing, Liquidnet has launched several field-building efforts. I established the Liquidnet Impact Fund, a donor advised fund at ImpactAssets, to make early-stage investments in companies helping to grow the impact investing field. One of our first investments was into ImpactAlphaa startup media platform producing investment news for a sustainable edge. ImpactAlpha runs ImpactSpace, an open source database tracking the companies, funds, investments, and people in the impact investing market. I also serve on the steering committee of the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) an experiential education program for students at the world's leading business schools.

I currently sit on the boards of GlobalGiving, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that connects everyday donors with thousands of vetted grassroots organizations around the world, and CalSo, a Californian nonprofit leveraging French social enterprise experience to incubate and launch projects to fight social exclusion. I am an adjunct professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where I teach a seminar called Financing Social Impact. I graduated from Georgetown and previously provided strategic advice to philanthropic companies and nonprofits. 

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