Social Finance Round Up: Guardian UK Makes the Link between Islamic Finance and Microfinance

SocialFinance.ca produces a weekly round up featuring social finance related news, insights, job openings, and events. We source the content for these round ups from Twitter, an RSS reader, and directly from our community of social finance practitioners. Below is our round up for the week of May 23, 2011.

Last Week on SocialFinance.ca

Jillian Rodak posted Ashoka Forum 2011: Everyone a Changemaker on May 17, 2011

Scott Fullwiler posted A Report Back from Revisioning Value 2011: Integration, Intersection, Innovation on May 18, 2011

Jo Reynolds posted Meet the Impact Investors: Access Community Capital Fund [VIDEO] on May 20, 2011

Canadian and International News 

SocialGoodies.com, a social enterprise that leverages e-commerce and social media marketing, launched yesterday with the tagline ‘good deeds and good deals’. SocialGoodies has partnered with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Teach for America and the Nature Conservancy, launching with over 58,000 registered users.

Socially responsible investing has grown strongly recently and is ready to move towards a consistent, multi-asset approach to responsible investing, says a report from German commercial bank WestLB. (via SRI Monitor)

DSL Business Finance, a not-for-profit lender, loans £10,000 to Glasgow Wood Recycling – social finance is taking off in Scotland too.

Alex Goldmark describes the introduction of Social Impact Bonds in the United States on Marketplace; a Harvard professor calls it ‘a no-lose proposition for government.’

Social Enterprise Coalition chief executive Peter Holbrook calls on employee-owned public services to be asset-locked to prevent them being acquired by commercial organisations in the future, reports Tania Mason in Civil Society Governance.

Stephen Lloyd proposes an innovative ‘hybrid’ legal structure to drive down the costs of combining public, private and nonprofit finance in one vehicle in Social Enterprise Live.

Social Finance Learning and Best Practices 


Islamic finance shares many features of socially responsible finance and could aid development, says Ajaz Ahmed Khan in the Guardian.

Asheem Singh of ResPublica makes a case for focusing on growth by leveraging private sector investment for social ventures in Public Service


Neil Hewitt of ethical investors Triodos talks about challenges faced by social housing organizations.

10 Questions for Don Shaffer, President and CEO of RSF Social Finance on the Center for Education on Social Responsibility

Ian Morris and Adam Brett push for adapting supply chain finance to fair trade in Social Enterprise Live.

Ben White of VC4Africa,a peer-to-peer investing social network, gets profiled in the SOCAP/Europe blog series.

Naomi Smith profiles microDON, a Paris based social enterprise that facilitates micro-donations for organizations working all over the world.


Michael Keating explains that B Corps can only protect their missions by planning for the possibility of being out-competed in TriplePundit.

Upcoming Events

SoCap/Europe (Amsterdam, NL)
May 30 – June 1, 2011, Beurs Van Berlage


Drop by Drop: How Market-based Solutions are Increasing Access to Clean Water (Toronto, ON)
Jun 1, 2011,

Network Orange, 7pm – 10pm

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference (Victoria, BC)
Jun 20-22, 2011,

The Fairmont Empress Hotel

ClearlySo Social Business Conference 2011 (London, UK)
October 11, 2011, 8:00am – 5pm, London

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