Blogs tagged with Social impact bonds

  • Andrea M. Ducas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Posted: June 20, 2013

    One theme that rang out loud and clear at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference is that philanthropists are in the business of taking risks and making bets. I know this to be true through my work at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and indeed, it’s one of the reasons I enjoy my job so much. As a sector, we have fewer restrictions on how we invest funds, and therefore have incredible potential to identify, partner with, and lift up disruptive innovators working to achieve social change.

  • Andrea E McGrath, Connecting Capital
    Posted: June 20, 2013

    Anyone still confused about what exactly the difference is (or not) between Pay for Success and the Social Impact Bond got their questions answers – and much, much more – during an engaging conversation on “Multi Sector Collaboration in Impact Investing” at the Social Impact Exchange Conference on Wednesday. Moderator Peter Berliner of the Mission Investors Exchange set the table, so to speak, for the conversation and noted the broad lens of the term “investor” for anyone (not just foundations). He provided the perfect introduction to a wonderful group of panelists representing diverse perspectives and experiences as impact investors including foundations, banks, government, and intermediaries. Each having experience as an investor individually – and in collaboration – spoke to the advantages (and challenges) of “combining forces” in investments.  

  • 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.