A Social Impact Bond (SIB) encourages private investment in the scaling of evidence-based preventive services with the goal of spurring innovation and increasing accountability. Investors provide financing for federal, state, or locally-run programs with the potential to achieve savings for government budgets or returns for society at large, for example, a reduction in incarceration. If the program meets pre-established outcome goals, the government entity uses the savings to pay back investors with interest. An intermediary organization may put the pieces of a SIB together, making a match between the government and the investors and overseeing program operations.
Purpose matters. And we too often forget the purpose of finance. One of finance’s central goals is to help people allocate, save and raise money over time. Fundamentally, finance is a tool “to help people.” Finance scales ideas that create shared economic, social and environmental value—and, in turn, is used to help entrepreneurs and people alike. Finance serves people; people should not be slaves to financial markets. Finance is not about the sole accumulation of ever-increasing amounts of money, for the sake of accumulating money.
The federal government’s announcement of a new economic program isn’t necessarily a cause célèbre, but in this instance, sustainable investors are actively embracing the news. While the field has thrived in the private sector over the past 30 years, the new National Impact Initiative (NII) marks the federal government’s first formal foray into specific support for social enterprises.
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“There is much more money for earlier-stage ventures, but as they grow they won’t find capital,” Mr Ghandour adds. “You need to find that $1m to $3m that gets them to a bigger size.”
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), has extended its long-standing relationship with the global hunger nonprofit by committing $1.6 million in funding for two new projects in Peru and Honduras. These projects will reach about 2,200 families in Peru and Honduras who currently struggle to feed themselves adequately year round.
Five years ago, a new generation of super-rich individuals, led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, were aiming to give away billions with the same zeal and discipline they had used to build their companies.
But then came the financial crisis, from which philanthropy has recovered more slowly than world stock markets.
Since the Global Financial Crisis there has been a reduction in the total monetary value of grants made by foundations down from an average of $6.69m per foundation in 2009 to $5.06m in 2011.
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IMPOSSIBLY OPTIMISTIC AND TOTALLY OBSESSED, AFGHANISTAN’S ASPIRING TECH MOGULS BELIEVE THAT COMPUTING WILL NOT ONLY HELP MAKE THEM MONEY BUT ALSO SECURE PEACE IN THEIR LAND.
Invested Development recently focused on agricultural technologies. Previously, the firm focused on ITT and alternative energy. “Our philosophy, in general, is that the world is growing and anything that helps farmers become more efficient is important,” Christina Tamer, Marketing and Research Manager at Invested Development, told TriplePundit. “More food is going to be required with less people in the agricultural labor force.” That means that technology is needed to make agriculture efficient.