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GIIN comes to Europe as impact investing industry grows

Ivo Knoepfel 22 October 2013

This first-ever conference held jointly by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and the City of London Corporation brought together more than 300 investment professionals from around the world on 10-11 October in London to …

Paradox or creative tension? The role of foundations in delivering public benefit

Charles Keidan 14 October 2013

The opening plenary set the bar high for this year’s Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) conference. The session featured stirring, insightful and complementary contributions on the changing role of foundations from Theo Sowa, Julian Corner …

Accelerating the accelerators: SoCap pre-event focuses on accelerating impact

Mark Campanale 4 October 2013

  SoCap2013 brought together 1,600 of the world’s keenest and most inspirational social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and social investors for a week of ideas sharing and deal making. Founded in San Francisco, SoCap is an exploration …

What kind of leadership is required for the venture philanthropy and social investment sector?

Julia Meuter 30 September 2013

This question will be on everyone’s mind when the European venture philanthropy and social investment community gathers once more for the annual conference of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) on 26 and 27 November. …

SOCAP: a rendezvous in the social space

Shweta Maheshwari 24 September 2013

A gamut of young – but nonetheless experienced – innovative minds surrounded the recent SOCAP 13 conference, in the breathtaking waterfront setting of Fort Mason, San Francisco. A plethora of investor-investee jargons were used, ideas …

I’m an impact investor

Tom Bird 23 September 2013

Endeavouring to ‘do more’ with my money and my life, I’ve been an impact investor for 15 years. Back in the 80s at business school, I learned about the equation: value = benefits-price. And seven years ago, …

For now social investment is philanthropy, concludes London meeting

1 Mathias Terheggen 20 September 2013

Let’s start with the obvious. If it is called social investment then it should be that – an investment. Well, yes, social investments are no doubt investments in their execution but actually they are much …

The SOCAP diary

Vineet Rai 12 September 2013

A chance meeting on a panel with Kevin Jones, founder of SOCAP, meant not only that I got invited to attend SOCAP but also that I was asked to join Kevin at the plenary session …

French foundations make social investment fact-finding visit to the UK

3 Gaspard Verdier 3 September 2013

A delegation of 17 French foundations professionals – all members of the French Foundations Centre (Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations – CFF) – spent three days in London this summer to review the social …

Yearning for earnings: what´s behind the hunger for social businesses?

Kristin Majeska and Philanthropic Intelligence 15 August 2013

In the hip barn of the twenty something owners of a horse-powered winegrowers on the coast of Maine, the rafters echoed with the buzz of wealthy young people who got together because they were excited …