The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) selects grantees through open competitions that have expertise in helping nonprofits expand capacity and build a track record of strong evidence and impact. With its emphasis on evaluation and results, the SIF seeks to grow the impact of successful programs to accelerate broad-scale change. This 109-page report presents an overview of its portfolio.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with the Carsey School of Public Policy, published Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface, an in-depth landscape study of the U.S. Community Investing (USCI) field. The full report includes a detailed analysis of the major types of USCI products, parameters that different investors use to evaluate investment opportunities, and the barriers and opportunities to increasing investment. Scaling U.S. Community Investing explores the gaps in the investor-product interface to identify opportunities to encourage greater capital flows into the market and, hence, drive scale. The report highlights a need for better alignment of risk and return expectations, investment term, and liquidity between investors and investees, and identifies two priority recommendations for achieving scale. The study was produced with support from the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.
Pay for Success deals, sometimes called social impact bonds, are an emerging private-public approach to funding social services: foundations and impact investors pay for preventative programs aimed at saving taxpayer money in the long term, to be repaid by the government if the programs succeed. Visit Nonprofit Finance Fund's Pay for Success Learning Hub for a U.S. activity map, resources and tools.
In this blog post, Clara Miller and Toni Johnson from The F.B. Heron Foundation, a pioneer in impact investing, talk about the challenges they've faced in fully and deeply mission-aligning their investment portfolio.
In 2010, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation joined together to develop a comprehensive online training program on legal issue
Building on the momentum around energy financing and impact investing in D.C., get the latest thinking from Mission Investors Exchange on impact investment in the energy sector, problems associated with making these investments and the resources needed in conjunction with the federal government.
A Short Guide to Impact Investing: A Primer on How Business Can Drive Social Change is a 52-page guide published by The Case Foundation to help high net worth individuals, family offices and others join the impact investing movement.