How to Protect Your Future Impact with Due Diligence

The Look before the Leap

The art of decision making includes the art of questioning.” – Pearl Zhu., Decision Master, The Art and Science of Decision Making

In other words, look before you leap! This metaphorical “look” is due

Due Diligence for Impact Investing

What are the stages of Due Diligence?

Typically, the overall due diligence process for impact investors includes:

  1. First look

  2. Financial Assessment

  3. Impact Assessment

  4. Final Decision

While the first two steps are typical for any investment due diligence, the third step is more commonly found in impact investing. Generally this third step includes:

  1. Determining impact goals

  2. Establishing the strategies to achieve the intended impact

  3. Selecting the impact measuring method

(“Impact Measurement & Management (IMM) | The GIIN,” 2008)


“…due diligence should strike a delicate balance, collecting enough data for rigorous analysis and providing value while not exhausting the entrepreneur in the process. Your due diligence should focus on information that will get you to a decision and be commensurate to the size and type of capital you are planning to deploy.” -Toniic, The Impact Assets Handbook for Investors, p. 164-165

What are some of the challenges of Due Diligence?

Impact Investing Due Diligence

What’s my role in the Due Diligence process?

Here are questions you can ask when considering adding impact investments to your portfolio:

  1. What impact is the investment expected to have?

  2. How is the company measuring impact?

  3. Who is ensuring that the investment is having an impact ?

  4. What happens if the impact is significantly less than predicted?

  5. What will keep the investment on track to achieve the intended impact?

Look Before You Leap

All things considered, impact investing is a valuable tool. With it, you can support social or environmental causes important to you today while leaving a legacy for tomorrow. Whether it is through impact investing, a donor-advised fund, a split-interest gift, or a combination of all three. With proper due diligence, your impact can withstand the test of time.

Contact Legacy today to see how we can help you leave a lasting legacy!



Impact Measurement & Management (IMM) | The GIIN. (2008, January 1). Retrieved December 19, 2018, from

Osborne, S. (n.d.). The Impact Assets Handbook for Investors. Assessing Your Opportunities: The Challenge and Key Practices of Engaging in Investor Due Diligence. Retrieved from

For more information, check out the e-book The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors: Generating Social and Environmental Value through Capital Investing here.

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