Philanthropy Impact

Inspiring philanthropy and social investment across borders, sectors and causes

Glossary

Glossary

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CDFIs lend and invest in deprived areas and underserved markets that cannot access mainstream finance.

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CDVC is a particular type of CDFI that specialises in equity investments as opposed to loan finance.

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A term for financial services aimed at micro-enterprises, sole traders and individuals, usually in under-invested communities, including small loans, savings facilities with no (or a very low) minimum desposit

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Making investments from either endowment or income directly in pursuit of an organisation’s charitable objectives.

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Social investment as any type of investment that combines social and financial returns. This encompasses a wide range of activities across the financing spectrum, from lending to charities to

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Ethical or socially responsible investment (as well as responsible and sustainable investment) are terms used to describe any area of the financial sector where the social, environmental and ethica