Social Finance Round Up: New Partnerships, Funds, and Competitions Springing Up

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 June 13, 2011.

Last Week on SocialFinance.ca

Ashley Hamilton posted Investing in a World Without Oil on June 14, 2011

Carla Culos posted How to Launch A Career in Social Finance on June 15, 2011

Nabeel Ahmed posted Video: 5 Hot Tips for Attracting Impact Investors on June 16, 2011

Canadian and International News

Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) and the Community Forward Fund (CFF) have announced a partnership to provide loans to the non-profit and charitable sector, entering the community investment arena.

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched a new social investment fund, the CAF Social Impact Fund, adding a valuable source of financing for charities, community groups and social enterprises. 

Global Agents has launched its 2011 Global Catalyst Initiative, a competition to award financing to early stage, market-oriented ventures tackling global poverty. The application deadline is August 15, 2011.

As social entrepreneurship Big Venture Challenge launched, Nick Temple posted research from UnLtd showing that interest in social entrepreneurship is rising in the UK.

The Big Society Bank has been delayed until 2012, as regulatory hurdles and negotiations push back the launch, reports Clarissa Dann in Caritas.

Social impact bonds will eventually attract massive investment from pension funds, insurance companies, and private investors, said Sir Ronald Cohen at a Public Administration Select Committee inquiry into the big society.

Rob Reich urges new Stanford graduates to create value for society by entering the field of social innovation, using tools like impact investing. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/june/classday-talk-reich-061111.html

Camille Jensen profiled the Guide to Social Finance in AxiomNews, highlighting the fact that it “offers people both quick and in-depth answers for how social finance works, who’s involved, and who’s eligible.”

PwC, the professional services firm, has announced an exciting and pioneering three-way partnership between the private, public and third sectors to help disadvantaged individuals develop skills and find work. The project will support the development of the social enterprise sector.

Keith Fitzergald has an ethical wake-up call for elected leaders and four investments that will help get you started on a socially responsible investing strategy.

$4.3 billion of new money was pledged to vaccinate children against deadly diseases at the first ever pledging conference for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), a pioneering partnership between private philanthropy, NGOs, business, multilateral agencies and governments.

Sarona Asset Management was named to the ImpactAssets 50 – a global index of the top 50 private investment managers that deliver social and environmental value in addition to financial returns. Sarona was recognized for its success in bridging the gap between private capital and the impact investment opportunities in frontier markets.

Social Finance Learning and Best Practices

Tom Cropper interviews Malcolm Johnson and Luca Bosatta, social entrepreneurs, about their inspirations, current project in Moldova, and future plans in ClearlySo.

Scott Cooney profiles local stock exchanges, listing their advantages in TriplePundit.

In NextBillion, Josh Cleveland shares his emerging framework for corporate base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) decision making, describing three different approaches companies take towards the BoP. 

Leslie Christian argues for sustainable investment funds in The Nation, saying that investors who ignore the environmental challenge will eventually be crumpled, and that business incorporating sustainability principles have a strategic advantage.

In Tactical Philanthropy, Sean Stannard-Stockton investigates why large, private foundations may not be participating as intermediaries in the Social Innovation Fund.

Recent Discoveries

Rebirth Financial: a financial engine to facilitate growth and development.

SoInvest – a new UK-based initiative to research and develop the market for social finance.

Upcoming Events

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference, Victoria, BC
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une 20-22, 2011, Fairmont Express Hotel.

Engaging Individuals to Invest in Your Charity’s Mission (Toronto) [PDF]
June 22, 2011, 215 Spadina Ave., 9 am – 4 pm.

Webinar: “Could SIBs lead to better health outcomes?” (with Ben Jupp and Eleanor Stringer of Social Finance UK)
June 23, 2011, 4 pm – 5pm GMT.

BBAA National Awards & Investment Summit British Business Angels Association 
June 30, 2011 – July 1, 2011, Chartered Accountants Hall, 1 Moorgate Place, London EC2

Did we miss any news, insights, or events? Use the comment form below to add to this round up. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/benimoto/603815615/

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