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Social impact investing

Summer 2011

Social impact investing

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In this issue we focus on social impact investment (SII), which blends enterprise, capitalism and philanthropy to create a new stream of capital that some say will ‘transform’ the social sector.

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In this issue we focus on social impact investment (SII), which blends enterprise with social imperatives to create a new stream of capital that some say will ‘transform’ the social...
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Social impact investment (SII) brings together two unlikely bed-fellows: social good and financial return. This catalytic blend of capitalism and philanthropy could, say some, give rise to a whole new...
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Do philanthropists have a special role to play in social impact investing(SII)? Many think so and here CAF Venturesome’s Paul Cheng explains why a propensity to ‘give’ rather than ‘invest’...
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What drives a wealthy person to socially invest? According to recent research from NESTA ’ [1] the major driver is being able to achieve social impact over the desire for financial return.
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Philanthropists are increasingly being asked to make social investments. They are being encouraged to see social investment as a new asset class: neither a grant, where the money is never...
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News from the world of social impact investment.
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Having decided it was “ more important to invest positively than to focus on the negative ,” in 2007, Friends Provident Foundation made its first impact investment, a £250,000 subordinated...
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Cool2Care , a social enterprise and Community Interest Company (CIC) which supports families with disabled children and young people, received £500,000 of investment to expand its services in May. The...
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Billed as a ‘game-changing’ moment in social impact investment, last month’s £3m plus deal structured by social lender Fair Finance will allow it to help 100,000 financially excluded Londoners over...
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Social Impact Bonds (SIB) are a form of outcomes-based contract in which public sector commissioners commit to pay for significant improvement in social outcomes (such as a reduction in offending...
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Natasha Oakshett, of Withers LLP , explains the tax reliefs and incentives available to social investors
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Last month (May) the Big Society Bank, that will act as a wholesale investor for social investment and champion the sector to the public, stakeholders and investors, took a ‘momentous...
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Daniela Barone Soares, chief executive of Impetus Trust, answers our quick Q&A What is venture philanthropy? Venture philanthropy is an active approach to philanthropy, which involves giving skills as well...
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Bernie Morgan, outgoing chief executive of the Community Development Finance Association (cdfa), the membership association for Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), answers our quick Q&A.
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Antony Ross, executive director of Bridges Ventures and manager of the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund, answers our quick Q&A
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Maya Prabhu, head of UK philanthropy at Coutts & Co, answers our quick Q&A on microfinance for philanthropists
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Social impact investment has added a tranche of new terms to the philanthropy vocabulary. Here we offer some definitions from leading sector organisations.
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If one follows the press and ongoing debates, it becomes clear that the world of philanthropy and social investment is changing. Foundations and wealthy individuals are increasingly investigating new forms...
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As America prepares to celebrate its 235 th year of independence from Great Britain on July 4 th , there’s one growing phenomenon which continues to inspire philanthropists on both...
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I have always remembered a Talmudic story my father once told me of an old man planting a carob tree whilst a passer-by looked on. The passerby knowingly asked the...
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In each newsletter, Philanthropy UK invites an influential person from the philanthropy sector to tell us what books have most inspired and shaped their approach to philanthropy. Our ‘influential reader’...
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Chuck Sudetic New York: Public Affairs, May 2011. 384pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-586488228 £12.59 www.publicaffairsbooks.com
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Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman New York: Public Affairs, April 2011. 257pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-58648-895-6. £12.99 www.publicaffairsbooks.com
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Iona Joy, Lucy de Las Casas and Benedict Rickey London: New Philanthropy Capital in association with NESTA, April 2011. 53pp. Free to download at http://www.philanthropycapital.org/download/default.aspx?id=1143
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Matthew van Poortvliet, Lucy de Las Casas and Padraic Brick London: New Philanthropy Capital, March 2011. 33pp Free to download at http://www.philanthropycapital.org/publications/improving_the_sector/grantmaking/knowledge_sharing.aspx
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Sarah Hedley, Tris Lumley and Hannah Pavey London: New Philanthropy Capital, March 2011. 22pp. Free to download at http://www.philanthropycapital.org/publications/improving_the_sector/grantmaking/helping_grantees_focus_on_impact.aspx
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Colin Rochester, George Campbell Gosling, Alison Penn & Meta Zimmeck (Eds) Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, March 2011. 206pp. Softcover. ISBN 9-781845-194246. £25.00 http://www.sussex-academic.co.uk/sa/titles/CulturalSocialStudies/rochester.htm
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Rupert Scofield Singapore: McGraw-Hill, May 2011. 272pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-0071750295£19.99 http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.sg/product/same_author.php?author=Rupert+Scofield