Social investment and impact investing
Social investment and impact investing are relatively new ways of providing finance for social impact by combining financial and social returns. Both are promising approaches, and are growing in popularity. We want to ensure these models truly serve to increase social impact. So we’ve worked over many years to develop impact measurement frameworks and to shape reporting requirements to support this. Find out how these insights can inform your approach to socially responsible investing.
Key tools, resources and commentary on social investment and impact investing
A light-touch and practical framework for comparing an organisation’s approach to impact against best practice.
NPC's briefing paper for trustees: An introduction.
Impact investing is making waves. Leading financial institutions are moving into the field, with over $10trn of global assets now invested sustainably, some promising both competitive financial returns and a positive social impact. But it’s vital to specify and quantify that promised social impact. Plum Lomax draws some lessons from our work to capture this impact for one impact portfolio.
Smart social investment can bring money to address some of our most enduring social problems. But the pressure is on to prove that these results are achieved. This paper shares our lessons learnt so far and builds on our experience in the social sector to suggest how we might achieve better impact measurement for social investment in the future.
Welcoming new data on the financial performance of social investment deals in the UK, Dan Corry examines what the 9% loss means and highlights the ongoing challenge of reporting on the social returns too.
NPC recently reviewed the work of the KL Felicitas Foundation, who are pioneering a new approach to investment by committing 100% of their foundation’s assets to positive social and environmental impact. Peter Harrison-Evans, who worked on the review, explores some of the difficulties of attributing impact to a particular intervention or investment. He argues that often it is best to remain focused on what your contribution was to a positive social outcome.
Our review of the impact created by the KL Felicitas Foundation (KLF), founded by Charly and Lisa Kleissner, which pioneers a new approach to investment by committing 100% of its assets to positive social and environmental impact.
Recently, NPC published its review of the impact created by the KL Felicitas Foundation, which pioneered a new approach to investment by committing 100% of its assets to positive social and environmental impact. Plum Lomax, who led on the work, explains.
Social investment offers the opportunity for socially-minded investors to increase the impact of their money. It's still early days, but already the concept has attracted much interest from funders and has the potential to help charities access long-term, affordable finance. Best to Invest? helps funders think through the benefits and risks of social investment, and how to decide if it is for them.