The Human Capital Crisis: How Social Enterprises Can Find the Talent to Scale

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The Human Capital Crisis: How Social Enterprises Can Find the Talent to Scale

45% of later-stage entrepreneurs find accessing talent to be very or extremely challenging, up from 25% of early-stage entrepreneurs.
64% of entrepreneurs report limited funds as their top hiring challenge. Our research lays out the steps entrepreneurs can take to overcome this challenge.
38% of entrepreneurs say that training their teammates is their favored option.
22% of later-stage entrepreneurs are highly satisfied with their mentors and advisors, a steep drop from early stage entrepreneurs (53%).

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​Impact Investing: Leveraging Markets to Create Lasting Change

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​Impact Investing: Leveraging Markets to Create Lasting Change

“Our focus on markets is predicated on the fact that everything is a market,” says Kashner. “Nonprofits operate within markets. Governments operate within markets. Businesses operate within markets. With this wider, more realistic scope of consideration, businesses and the markets in which they operate are realizing increased benefits for their bottom line as well as for people and the planet.”

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Leveraging the Balance Sheet

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Leveraging the Balance Sheet

Nobody likes the word “subsidy.” It’s a scary word. Economists cringe, everybody cringes. So we re-coined it as “Risk Share.” First of all, it means that whenever we do an investment, we’ve got skin in the game, both from the program team and from the investment team. Second, we’ve got deal teams that include both the investment and programmatic professionals. Third, what we’re trying to achieve is to make sure that the $5 million contribution, that Risk Share, is tied very explicitly to the impact it’s going to get for the program team’s grant budget.

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Toniic Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors Report

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Toniic Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors Report

Investment capital is needed if early stage impact enterprises are to scale and thrive. In this report we take a close look at where venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together,
and where gaps remain, so as to provide a practical and user-friendly guide to make the case for impact investors to invest earlier and more often.

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Big Donors Losing Faith In Charity To Solve Problems

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Big Donors Losing Faith In Charity To Solve Problems

“Impact investing is not going away. It’s fundamentally changing how investments are being made by individuals and fund managers.”
U.S. Trust surveyed 684 HNW individuals, all with investable assets of $3 million or more, and found increasing interest and activity in social impact investing, particularly among women, Millennials and Gen Xers.
The percentage of higher net-worth individuals, those with investable assets of $10 million or more, owning social-impact investments has tripled in the past year — from 9 percent to 27 percent. Those with investable assets between $3
million and $10 million have ownership rates standing at 10 percent;

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Bangladeshi inventors are making eco-friendly air conditioners from plastic bottles

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Bangladeshi inventors are making eco-friendly air conditioners from plastic bottles

Inventor Ashis Paul came up with an innovative way to draw cool air into homes using plastic bottles. The Grey group decided to take it on as a pro-bono project. We like to give back — it’s core to our company. “The Eco-Cooler can decrease the temperature by 5°C immediately. When it goes from 30°C to 25°C, I can tell you that it makes a difference”.

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Measuring Impact Critical to Corporate Community Investment

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Measuring Impact Critical to Corporate Community Investment

Results reveal that despite good intentions there is some confusion, particularly around what corporations mean by impact and how they measure it. Crucially, there is a significant gap between the aspirations that CSR managers have for their programs and how companies actually deliver them. The demographics of companies highlight major differences in measurement of impact. For instance, in Europe 52 percent of practitioners are measuring some sort of impact, but in North America this drops to 38 percent. Corporate sustainability reports will show companies confusing the contributions made with the change achieved, blurring the boundaries between the inputs, outputs and impacts.

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