Blogs tagged with Marketplace infrastructure

  • Anne Sherman, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: December 21, 2012

    I’m fortunate in that my paid employment has always been focused on mission-driven work, apart from a few waitressing stints along the way.  At the Social Impact Exchange, our mission is to help create the infrastructure that will lead to more efficient growth capital markets so that nonprofits can attract the funds they need to scale the impact of their work.  

    At times, our mission, compelling and exciting as it is, can feel a little lofty or abstract.  Market infrastructure?  Growth capital?  For nonprofits? 

  • Simon Jawitz, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: August 3, 2012

    By all appearances it looks like we've taken the next big step in developing Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) in the U.S. News broke Wednesday about two deals in Massachusetts and yesterday about one in New York City. In fact, regarding the latter announcement, I heard it at about 8:30 a.m. on my car radio. I think it's pretty exciting that this innovative mechanism for financing effective social services has made it into mainstream news radio and was reported during a brief 10-minute segment on WCBS 880.

    The Social Impact Exchange (the signature initiative of the Growth Philanthropy Network on whose board of directors I sit) has been tracking SIBs since people in the nonprofit sector first began talking about them several years ago. Our Market Development Working Group is devoted to supporting their development as one of several innovative strategies for enlisting private sector involvement to solve some of our most intractable social problems.

  • Brenda Liz Henry-Sanchez, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Posted: July 10, 2012

    At the wee hours of Thursday, June 14th I was forced by not-so-fresh supermarket sushi (I know, I should have known better) to pull out of a panel discussion at the Social Impact Exchange conference in New York City. In its third year, the Social Impact Exchange’s annual conference brings together nonprofits, funders, advisors, intermediaries, researchers, and practitioners to highlight and discuss how we can best support the scaling and replication of effective programs, systems, and/or policies so the benefits are experienced by a broader segment of the population.