Social Finance Round Up: Loses an Asset, B Corps Gain Prominence 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 June 13, 2011.

Last Week on

Peter Deitz posted Thanks for an Awesome Year at and SiG@MaRS on June 10, 2011.

Nabeel Ahmed posted Innovating to protect seniors – the Social Impact Bond on June 8, 2011

Canadian and International News

Jonathan Greenblatt argues for the introduction of B Corps in California, saying that “Freedom for capitalists will come only when they have the flexibility to build companies that create lasting financial and social value…Californians should embrace the advent of for-benefit companies and flexible-purpose corporations.”

Dan Cooper and Andrew Delmonte, meanwhile, carry the B Corp torch on the East Coast, lobbying from Buffalo for the successful introduction of bill S. 79 – Authorizing the Incorporation of Benefit Corporations.

Ben Metz announces the launch of the Sarah Dodds Invesment Readiness Challenge, designed to help social ventures working with Said Business School MBA students scale using loan finance.

Catherine Covington announces the grantees of the 2011 RSF Seed Fund; only seven organizations from over 80 applicants made the cut. See the entire list at RSF Social Finance.

 Social Finance Learning and Best Practices

Jamie Raskin covers the rise of benefit corporations in The Nation, exploring the historical role of corporations as part of a great series titled Reimagining Capitalism in the Nation.

Lisbeth Kaufman highlights B Lab as an UpStart in ThinkProgress – a company shaking up the market, breaking down barriers and helping change the economy by allowing entrepreneurs to solve problems while making a profit.

Jens Peers of Calvert Investments believes that there is still strong potential in alternative energy and water sectors, discussing strategies for the Calvert Global Alternative Energy and Water Funds.

Jonathan Murdoch reflects with five takeaways from the Microfinance USA 2011 Conference in Dowser.

Too many suits, not enough hippies: SOCAP/Europe proved that impact investment is entering prime time, says Dermot Egan, reviewing the event in the Guardian Social Enterprise Network.

Katie Gilbert interviews Antony Bugg-Levine about the appeal, design, and future of Social Impact Bonds in Institutional Investor.

Recent Discoveries

ImpactAssets: a nonprofit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital. 

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Walls – Fundraising Party (Toronto)
Centre for Social Innovation Annex, 720 Bathurst St., 6 pm – 1 am, June 17, 2011

Presentation on Top Compliance Issues Facing Not-for-Profits in Ontario (Toronto)
Ivey-ING Direct Leadership Centre, 130 King St. West, 8:30 am-5 pm, June 20, 2011

Engaging Individuals to Invest in Your Charity’s Mission (Toronto)
Center for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave., 9 am – 4 pm, June 22, 2011.

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