Social Finance Centre

Grow your understanding of social finance approaches and how they can be used in different contexts.

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We need to bring impact to the center of our economic system, alongside profit, so that it can drive the systemic creation of positive outcomes.

Impact, Sir Ronald Cohen

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Welcome to the Social Finance Centre

Whether you are just starting out or looking to advance your practice, you have come to the right place. The modules offered in this centre will help you understand the characteristics of social finance, find the right tools, and build partnerships towards collective impact. Take a self-paced module to get an overview of the concepts and join a live session to hear directly from other practitioners. There’s also a library of resources for you to dig into at your leisure!

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Explore key concepts in social finance

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Choosing the Right Social Finance Tool

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A Dialogue Between Social Finance Pioneers

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Trends in Social Finance: Systems change and collaborations

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Introduction to Social Finance Tools

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The Promise of Social Finance

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Why Social Finance: In Theory and Practice

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Partners

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Inclusive Business

Companies may choose to adopt an inclusive business model or approach that provides goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Depending on the nature and size of the organisation, companies can do this by directly incorporating the BoP in their core value chain, or by piloting inclusive business initiatives through their corporate impact efforts.

Adapted from: Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)

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Corporate Foundation

Corporate foundations (or company-sponsored foundations) are philanthropic organisations that are created and financially supported by a corporation. The foundation is created as a separate legal entity from the corporation, but with close ties to the corporation. Corporate foundations tend to make grants in fields related to their corporate activities or in communities where the corporation operates, or where their employees reside.

Source: Council of Foundations

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Corporate Social Impact Accelerator

Companies may establish Social Impact Accelerators to help enterprises looking to address a social problem over an extended period of time with a mix of financial and non-financial support, including seed funding, mentorship, training, networking and working space.

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Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is any formally organised support or encouragement from companies to leverage employee time, knowledge, skills or other resources to support impact organisations. Employee engagement can vary from corporate volunteering (hands-on or skill-based, virtual or on-site volunteering) and/or corporate giving (payroll giving, employee matching) to co-investment programmes.

Source: EVPA, 2018

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to strategies that companies put into action as part of corporate governance that are designed to ensure the company’s operations are ethical and beneficial for society. These may include initiatives to support the environment, fair labour practices, philanthropy and/or sustainable business practices.

Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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Corporate Impact Fund

Corporate impact funds enable companies to make investments that are aligned with and amplified by their strategic priorities, market position and resources in order to generation measurable and mutually reinforcing social, environmental and financial returns and outcomes.

Adapted from: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), 2021

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