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The Relationship Between Money & Mission: Understanding ROI in Philanthropy & Social Investment (Part 1)

Winter 2015-2016

The Relationship Between Money & Mission: Understanding ROI in Philanthropy & Social Investment (Part 1)

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Welcome to Issue 10 of the Philanthropy Impact Magazine. We are at an exciting moment in the history of philanthropy and social investment. Measuring return on philanthropic and social investment is more and more an imperative. At this time, theory and art combine. Science and logic work alongside intuition and creativity, but with a shifting emphasis towards evidence. The relationship between money and mission and the ROI in philanthropic giving and social investment is a hot topic. Philanthropy Impact members and key stakeholders debate how to measure impact as well as the different types of ROI funders are looking for from their investment. Social impact measurement is the discipline of understanding and reporting on social, environmental and other changes effected by organisations for their stakeholders. Whether you are engaging in philanthropy or social investment, understanding social impact and how it is measured is important, and the only way we can truly understand the relationship between money and mission.

When we called for articles on impact measurement, the response was overwhelming. With over 60 high-quality articles submitted, we did not want to limit the debate. Therefore, all four issues of Philanthropy Impact quarterly magazine throughout 2016 will address the subject. We bring you the perspective of professional advisors and their clients, philanthropists and social investors, and trusts and charities assessing the ROI and impact of their philanthropic and social investments. We hope that you find a deeper exploration of this important topic stimulating and informative.

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This issue is sponsored by the Arcus Foundation

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We at the Arcus Foundation couldn’t be happier to sponsor this issue of Philanthropy Impact and in doing so facilitate a dialogue on such an important issue as evaluation. This...
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The relationship between wealth and philanthropy is a subtle one. Aristotle may have described wealth as ‘whatever money can buy’, but that is not how we view it today. Wealth...
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A number of years ago the Bulldog Trust was introduced to Ginny Williams-Ellis, an inspirational woman who had established an adult literacy charity. ReadEasy UK has turned out to be...
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In this article the author explores the strategy Arcus Foundation adopted and how they are exercising leadership and assessing its impact.
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In this article, the author has interviewed colleagues at different banks in the Netherlands to outline how they give philanthropy advice and how to create impact.
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Download the article as a PDF. A surge in Arab philanthropy by a new generation is challenging views on wealth and approaches to impact. Arab philanthropy is not a unified...
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Download this artcile as a PDF. G overnments are not typically the organisations that one thinks of when associating with innovation. When we think of social issues, it is hard...
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Download this article as a PDF. L ike all smaller charitable associations, ours is dependent on various constituents for financial support as well as relying on the volunteers and help...
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The Long View of Philanthropy As we approach our 50th Anniversary in 2019, the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) has moved from a pure building preservation charity to become a membership...
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Navigating in a time of economic recession and decreased public funding to the third sector, charities find themselves under heavy scrutiny as critical voices claim a disproportional amount of resources...
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In this article the author explore how impact investors are identifying creative new ways to invest in women’s economic empowerment by investing in social enterprises owned by women.
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In this article the author explores how communities aim to develop long-term income sources and relationships as well as delivering social, economic and/ or environmental returns through social investment.
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Download this article as a PDF. There are a number of fronts on which the harsher impacts of an increasingly globalised and commodified world economy are being resisted and beaten...
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Download this article as a PDF. Against a backdrop of crisis in global capitalism, the UK has in recent years witnessed an explosion in the social enterprise economy. More people...
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Download the article as pdf. Some 15 years ago, after a period as CEO of a major family foundation in Melbourne, Australia, I took to the business school of a...
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Download the article as pdf. The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill currently working its way through Parliament will (amongst other things) give effect to a recommendation from the Law...
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Download this article as a pdf. Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) is helping smaller social enterprises and charities raise the much needed investment that they need. SITR was first announced...

  • Government, legal and tax issues
  • Impact measurement
  • International giving
  • Next generation philanthropy
  • Social investment
  • Understanding philanthropy