How can a nonprofit that currently relies on traditional sources of philanthropic funding transition into developing social enterprises that are attractive to impact investors in terms of the returns it produces and the impact metrics it develops and reports? The answer is: Social Enterprise and Social Impact Investing.
Social Enterprise is the pursuit of unrestricted cash flow through leveraging and/or monetizing existing assets.
This new source of revenue developed from existing assets is becoming more valuable, when monetary contributions from endowments, government grants and foundations are on a decline.
Social Enterprise can help you:
- Reduce reliance on unpredictable/inconsistent funding
- Produce predictable ongoing business activity generating unrestricted cash flow
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Social Impact Investing
Social impact investing: Offers a nonprofit organization the opportunity to get the funds it needs to meet its short- and long-term objectives by reaching out beyond the traditional philanthropic funding sources.
“Impact Investing can be defined as ‘investments intended to create positive impact beyond financial return’ (JP Morgan Global Research, 2010). The difference with philanthropy lies in the fact that philanthropy has traditionally focused on gifts made by individuals and organizations to benefit society and the environment, whereas impact investing requires a minimum of return on principal.” *
To assist you in gaining a clearer and broader understanding of the value social impact investing offers as an alternative funding source, we have developed the following four videos which you can view by “clicking” on the designated area.
These videos define social impact investing, present alternative approaches to this funding source, and offer a testimonial from an NESC client who is exploring with us possible social impact investing opportunities.
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