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Lessons from the U.S. for the Portuguese Social Innovation Fund

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Re-posted from Initiative for Responsible Investment By David Wood, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment On September 25th in Lisbon, the Young Foundationand the Plataforma para Crescimento Sustentavel, with support from the European Union, convened a public debate on “A Strategy for the Civic Economy in Portugal” at the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Sociais e Politicas at the University of Lisbon. The goal …

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Outcome Based Government

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By: Sarah Doyle and Toby Eccles September 23, 2014 Read the original post on SocialFinance.ca here. A few weeks back we were at a retreat for Social Impact Bond Developers on an Island on the Muskoka Lakes in Canada. It was a sensational venue (thank you to the Breuninger and BMW Foundations, and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing) and a really interesting few days. One …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Measuring Social Value

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Read the original publication from the Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy here. Measuring social value is a daunting task, and many organizations do not know how or where to begin. The breadth of literature and lack of best practices makes the process of beginning impact measurement even more difficult. However, there are certain common steps that should be followed …

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Adopting the London Principles: A new report shows how innovative impact investing policies are helping Hong Kong tackle its social problems

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Original post on SSIR. By Ming Wong and Philo Alto Pope Francis in his discourse during a two-day impact investing symposium at the Vatican urged governments to “commit themselves to developing an international framework capable of promoting a market of high impact investments, and thus to combating an economy which excludes and discards.” Such a framework to promote impact investing to serve …


Thinking About EB-5 as an Impact Investing Tool

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Original post on ICIC.org By David Wood, Ph.D, Director, Initiative for a Responsible Investment On July 1st the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) co-hosted a meeting with the ICIC to explore the potential role of the EB-5 program to increase economic opportunity in distressed communities. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, a relatively obscure and sometimes controversial program was introduced in 1990 to attract foreign investment …


MaxImpact: Is this the end of the Impact Investing Maverick?

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Original post on MaxImpact Blog. By Marta Maretich, Chief Editor @mmmaretich Impact investing began as a maverick activity. The idea took root among a handful of independent-minded investors and philanthropists who believed that it was possible to increase world prosperity and secure the future of the planet by using market finance mechanisms in innovative ways.  For many, the notion felt groundbreaking. …


How Hong Kong stands to benefit from the London Principles

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By Ming Wong, Asia Community Ventures Asia Community Ventures (“ACV”) launched its latest report, Adopting the London Principles: Policy Considerations to Grow Impact investing in Hong Kong, on July 29, 2014. The launch event brought together over 80 participants representing the city’s leading practitioners and researchers in academia, corporations, foundations, intermediaries, non-profits, social enterprises and government agencies. Report co-authors Ming Wong …


SSIReview: The Next Great Frontier of Impact Investing

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Click here to read the original publication. By: Manuel Lewin & Brian Smith Posted on: 07/29/2014 Shortage. Accessibility. Timing. Donor restrictions. Most, if not all, nonprofits know resource constraints very well, and many are looking for creative ways to overcome them. Could these financially stretched organizations represent the next great frontier of impact investing? Our organizations—Zurich Insurance Group, a global insurance …


The Huffington Post: Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

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Repost from The Huffington Post. Click here for original publication. By: Jean Case Posted: 26/06/2014 It’s a great week for impact investing. At the White House roundtable on impact investing today, corporations, banks, foundations, and individuals including Prudential, Capricorn Investment Group and the Omidiyar Network committed to invest more than $1.5 billion in new capital into companies and funds that strive to …


How do we solve and finance social problems?

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This article appeared on the website of the Forum of Social Innovation Sweden. Click here to see the original post. Published 23 June 2014 by Camilla Backström |  Photo: Kieron Boyle The G8 Social Finance Task Force has been up and running for about a year. Forum for Social Innovation Sweden recently had the opportunity to talk to Kieron Boyle, one …


Social Enterprise Buzz: The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

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The Obama administration created a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in 2009 that launched yearly competitions since 2010 to award grantmaking intermediaries with grant funding.


The Seattle Times – Editorial: Social impact bonds are a smart way to solve old problem

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STATE lawmakers interested in solving old problems in a new way should spend a few moments thumbing through Rep. Hans Zeiger’s proposal to create something called “social impact bonds.”


Governing: The Promise and Potential of Social Impact Bonds

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Deciding which social-services programs to cut and which to save shouldn’t grind government to a halt. By only paying for success, a new funding tool known as “social impact bonds” (SIBs) that is gaining traction across the country shows real promise for moving the needle on longstanding social problems.


The Guardian- One year on: what impact has the Social Value Act had so far?

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One year ago, the Social Value Act was introduced, which aims to transform the way money is spent on local public services. It does this by requiring the people in charge of putting in place our public services (commissioners) to think about more than just how to design these services and who will provide them.


Forbes: Rajiv Shah And Tony Blair On Impact Investing

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A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries.

Pro Bono Australia: World Economic Forum Drives Impact Investing

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The World Economic Forum has launched a global learning exchange to develop the impact investing movement worldwide. The Global Learning Exchange on Social Impact Investing (GLE) was launched in collaboration with the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) and the support of the UK Cabinet Office.

Policy interventions to build the demand for impact investments in Morocco: Introduction of an ecosystem analysis framework

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Impact investing has the potential to support socio-economic development and can be of interest for governmental stakeholders to complement their efforts in poverty reduction especially in developing countries. Many politicians seem to be interested but do not know where to start.