Impact Strategies - How Investors Drive Social Impact

November 29, 2018

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Impact Strategies – How Investors Drive Social Impact” explores how various types of capital providers combine their social impact objectives, financial returns expectations and risk appetite to sustain real social impact.

As the impact ecosystem is rapidly evolving and changing, attracting more resources to social purpose organisations, more actors enter the space, and it is becoming more challenging to define and distinguish the various investment approaches.

This report is an important step forward in the process of clearing the air around social impact and financial return expectations and risk appetite. It identifies two main approaches: “Investing for Impact” and “Investing with Impact” – both aiming to generate social impact with different mind-sets. Differentiating them allows to make both approach more transparent on intentions, better align shareholders, manage expectations towards investees, and create the right setting to collaborate with other types of capital providers. Both strategies are therefore very valuable, exist next to each other and support social innovations at different stages of their development.

This research is supported by a series of practical cases from experienced practitioners, and describes in detail the characteristics of investors for impact and their journey through social impact sought, financial returns aimed, and social and financial risks taken.

Do you want to contribute to this debate on impact strategies?

Join EVPA in this Impact Strategies Journey and share your insights on the two main strategies identified: “Investing for Impact” and “Investing with Impact”!

Don’t miss the opportunity to give us your feedback on impact strategies and contribute to the drafting of EVPA Manifesto.

Impact Strategies - Visual Overview

We've put together a visual overview showing some of the main characteristics of investing for impact and investing with impact!

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Help us spread the word!

Spreading the word would allow us to reach more practitioners, to ensure that we build together a comprehensive framework, and to better understand the role each actor can play in sustaining real social impact. Please find here our outreach guide with all the material needed to help us disseminate this new publication. The guide includes visuals and some sample texts for your website, newsletter and social media.

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This article was written by

Alessia Gianoncelli Alessia Gianoncelli

Priscilla Boiardi Priscilla Boiardi

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