Blogs tagged with Capital marketplace

  • Cynthia Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: May 6, 2014

    Developing a growth capital marketplace for nonprofit scaling initiatives requires time and a lot of hard work. With the help of numerous grantmakers who collectively sit on the Exchange’s Working Groups, together we are building a new system and infrastructure to facilitate a social investment process that easily and efficiently taps into and aggregates the collective resources available to fully finance top-performing nonprofits that are scaling.

    Since launching the Social Impact Exchange just a few years ago, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to engage funders, test key elements of the process, and make adjustments as needed to institutionalize an efficient, transparent, and widely accepted mechanism for co-investment. To be sure, the creation of such a system is challenging and a task that is both supportive and disruptive to the usual ways of conducting business – whether for a foundation, a corporate benefit program, a wealth management advisory service, or other social investors. It involves new rules for the way the philanthropy operates.

  • Tamara Schweitzer, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: January 21, 2014

    With the recent launch of the Scaling Marketplace, the Social Impact Exchange has established a new system and unprecedented opportunity for aggregating capital from hundreds of funders to finance dozens of effective scaling initiatives on an annual basis.  The marketplace launched with eight game-changing nonprofits (four health- and four education-focused organizations) that have been vetted for evidence of impact, scalability and financial sustainability based on evaluation studies and a growth business plan, and are supported by members of the Exchange’s Funder Working Groups.

    Here we provide a brief spotlight of the eight nonprofits in the Scaling Marketplace and their game-changing impact. For more in-depth information on each organization’s growth campaign, funders can sign up to join the marketplace at:

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: April 15, 2013

    Recent articles and events have highlighted innovative efforts to form funder collaboratives that pool talent and resources to benefit specific causes. The subject is discussed in the Spring 2013 SSIR article, High Stakes Donor Collaborations [1] by William Seldon, Tom Tierney and Gihani Fernando. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) held a Co-Funding Convening in February that brought together 140 grantmakers to explore different approaches to strategic co-funding, a key way grantmakers of all types are expanding the impact of their grants. Funder collaboratives including Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot, LISC, Social Venture Partners (SVP), Living Cities, the California Immigrant Integration Initiative, Disabilities Funders Network, Slingshot, and others all are designed to capitalize on the human and financial resources of like-minded stakeholders – and they are having a significant impact on the programmatic and geographic areas they serve.

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: March 14, 2013

    Last week, the Harvard Business Review blog network posted a relevant article by Paul Carttar, the former director of the Social Innovation Fund and partner with the Bridgespan Group, which raises the question: Why Don't the Best Nonprofits Grow? Paul's post primarily focuses on the disconnect in the social sector between nonprofits that have proven results and their ability to access the necessary capital to grow their impact. Paul makes the point that it is the lack of evidence about what works and what doesn't that is holding the field back from making greater strides towards bridging this gap.