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India’s children deserve a solid foundation

Vikram Jain and Sana Kazi 12 October 2017

India has made remarkable progress towards universalizing primary education, but learning outcomes are poor. Current efforts to address poor learning outcomes focus on improving primary education but ignore the preschool years. But, the preschool years …


Latin America: sharing philanthropy, not hoarding wealth

2 Florencia Roitstein 10 October 2017 For Subscribers

Buenos Aires, Argentina Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. In 2014, the richest 10 per cent kept 71 per cent of the region’s wealth. If this trend continues, according to Oxfam’s …


Lessons from UK social investment: listen to your partners

Benjamin Rick 28 September 2017

How appealing to think that finance and philanthropy could collide to create a marketplace where commercial skills and disciplined analysis help to improve the lives of those in need. In 2012, it seemed likely that …

NCVO report reveals growth in social sector spending

Jacob Beck 14 September 2017

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac provides us with some interesting perspectives on the trends seen throughout the philanthropic community in the past several months. As we enter the final …

Foundations should not accept compromise 

James Corah 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

It was encouraging to read Andrew Milner’s article ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’. Whether it be through applying negative screens to listed equity portfolios or by making allocations to social, impact or mission-related investment, …

Investing for positive change 

Casey Verbeck 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Andrew Milner’s piece ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’ does a very good job of identifying how foundations evolve their thinking about how they can change the world for the better.   At Veris Wealth …

Investment managers focus on asset gathering above missions 

Sunny Mann 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Our experience has shown us that foundations have struggled with the issues raised within Andrew Milner’s article on foundation investments ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’. The limits presented by negative screening, and how to align a foundation’s …

New models for social good take hold 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

The Portuguese non-profit, B-Lab Portugal and Lusophone Africa, is working to advance the BCorp model in Portugal. BCorps are ‘for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency’. Over 2200 BCorps currently exist in over 50 countries, in a multitude of sectors.   …

Diversity in the social investment field  

1 Stephen Bediako and Gemma Rocyn Jones 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Just over year ago, a number of organizations in the social investment market came together to better understand our diversity and inclusion. We were spurred on by research from the  Young Foundation which found gender equality to be a blindspot in our sector. We wanted to understand what is really happening. …

Pathways for scaling impact

Filipe Santos 23 August 2017

The rise of the social entrepreneurship movement in the last twenty years unleashed a powerful engine of innovation for society. Thousands of engaged citizens – social entrepreneurs – construct and implement novel solutions to neglected …