The Gateway Platform is a robust, end-to-end solution that supports evolving financial regulatory frameworks and provides information and data levels to facilitate strategic decision-making, regarding capital deployment. "We call this 'actionable knowledge' for buyers and sellers of Impact Investments -- investments that have the ability to generate a measurable social and/or environmental benefit alongside a potential for financial return," Molinari added. "A key advantage of the Gateway Platform lies in its technology suite, which is able to provide investors and project owners with the information and metrics they need to transact, settle and clear assets, while delivering exceptionally high standards of market transparency and security. All securities are offered through GATE US, a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)." This not only adds credence to the crowdfunding process, but it allows investors to both invest in good causes and experience the possibility of a positive return on their investment. It brings a new layer of meaning to that famous financial metric "Return on Investment," or ROI. In the weeks and months ahead, I intend to explore this promising new genre GATE is pioneering. Being an advocate for accountability and the velocity of money, I envision the birth of a new asset class that allows investors to invest in "securities" that benefit their consciences and their wallets. The UN Global Compact and GATE are highlighting their new partnership at the UN Global Compact Leadership Summit: Architects of a Better World" into Friday. Click here to read the press release and learn more of the exciting details. By the way, GATE has worked with publicly traded industry leaders such as Dow 30 company Microsoft ( MSFT) and one of the mavens of the insurance and financial industries Prudential Financial ( PRU), which have been supportive of GATE's mission and uniqueness. This may suggest that someday GATE Impact Investing may succeed in its mission to the point that it may become an investment security, just like the big social networking companies are today. Time will tell. In the meantime, I'll be investigating the potential. At the time of publication Courtenay was long MSFT. Follow @m8a2r1This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.