January 13, 2021

EVPA Newsletter January 2021 - Foreword by our CEO Roberta Bosurgi

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Dear members, partners, and friends,

Thanks for being a valuable part of the largest community of investors for impact in Europe!

Despite the unprecedented disruption and emotional/ economic burden on all of us, the resilience, commitment, and solidarity of our community have demonstrated in action why our work matters.

In 2020, together, we have continued to connect organisations along the spectrum of capital, investors and social purpose organizations, train practitioners, disseminate knowledge, and facilitate access to European funding and policy briefs.

As we start 2021, we have a lot to look forward to.

We have a new lead in the Community & Market Development team (meet Martine Prim) and more new colleagues are joining. I look forward to introducing you to exciting content and activities as the time comes.

Over the past few months, at EVPA we have been very active preparing for the year ahead. Some of the highlights for 2021 include:

  • Tighter collaboration with our sister organisations in Asia, Latin America and Africa (please note that now also Latimpacto is OPEN for membership! Please get in touch if you are interested in joining another or all the other IVPC networks and qualify for great discounts and opportunities)
  • Strengthened strategic partnerships across the spectrum of capital (EFC/ Dafne, GIIN, GSG, WINGS, BCorp, IMP) and European institutions (EIB, EIF, DG EMPL, DG NEAR)
  • More opportunities to connect and learn from peers in the global ecosystem (Annual Conference (online and Porto) in June, C Summit, Asian social investment conference)
  • New content and publications building on our industry survey, investing for impact charter, corporate social investors research, opinion pieces.

Our sub-communities are more active than ever; whether you are a corporate social investor, an impact fund, a foundation or a Social Purpose Organisations network, we have several platforms in place for you to connect and deep dive on specific themes/challenges. Just talk to your regional point of contact or one of the team to join!

With this pandemic continuing to ravage the world, it is important to remember that it’s only with radical collaborations that we can rebuild better and accelerate the "irreversible journey towards a greener, more diverse and inclusive society" (to quote our Chair of the Board, Steven Serneels).

Thanks for continuing to work with us and being part of this journey!

Stay strong and healthy!

Roberta Bosurgi
Chief Executive Officer EVPA

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