Praise for Real Impact 


"Morgan Simon has made a significant contribution with the very big idea that we can change the world by changing how we all relate to money. And lucky for us, she is as entertaining in her writing as she is brilliant in her concepts."

-Van Jones, CNN

“Impact investing is a subject that deserves in-depth, powerful scrutiny. REAL IMPACT offers much of that, and will give readers an introduction into understanding where this kind of work can bring hopeful change and where it can’t. Timely!”

-Bill McKibben, Author of Deep Economy

"A critical cautionary tale--how do we scale social impact investment without leaving anyone behind?Morgan Simon is a master practitioner at inclusive investment; read Real Impact to learn from her compelling example."

-Ben Jealous, Partner, Kapor Capital and former President, NAACP

“Where we invest speaks to our values as a country that prioritizes our collective social welfare. Morgan Simon’s innovative investment approach ensures money can serve as a force for good, for everyone.”

 -Congressman Keith Ellison, House Financial Services Committee

“REAL IMPACT is a unique and valuable teaching tool. Morgan Simon’s expertise in the field is unparalleled, and brilliantly shared through this book.”

-Vikram Gandhi, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

“To drive significant social and environmental progress around the world, investors need to understand how to structure and deliver capital in a way that works for high-impact enterprises. REAL IMPACT highlights the complicated trade-offs they will face along the risk-return spectrum and offers a blueprint for market growth. It helps fill the knowledge gap between optimism and execution.”

 -Debra D. Schwartz, Managing Director of Impact Investments,   MacArthur Foundation

Book Reviews 

Publisher's Weekly

A "fast-paced, provoking book" that is "clear-eyed, explicit, and tinged with just the right amount of outrage," REAL IMPACT is a "clarion call that the world of well-meaning social justice activists needs to hear." 

Stanford Social Innovation Review

"Simon's book warns against short-sighted impact investing that brings more benefit to investors than to the communities it supposedly supports."