Tag Archives: Demonstrating Social Impact

Now What? Three Success Factors for Translating the Corporate Responsibility to Respect into Practice

by Faris Natour, Leading Perspectives: A Trends and Solutions Publication from Business for Social Responsibility; Spring 2009. Corporate responsibility for human rights is a hot topic. As part of the discussions over the last few years, UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, facilitated the development of a conceptual framework: ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy.’ It asserts that the state maintains its duty to protect citizens from corporate human rights abuses. The corporate … Continue reading

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The Wrong Risks

by Sheela Patel, The Stanford Social Innovation Review; Winter 2010. Railing against the culture of measurement, Sheela Patel takes professional philanthropists to task for the “log-frame virus” which she describes as “an infection that drives funders to insist upon seeing the logical framework or business plan of an intervention, from inputs, to outputs, to outcomes.” Patel has worked for grassroots organisations in India for over three decades and is the founding director of the Society … Continue reading

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Summer 2010: Social Impact Measurement

If the field of social impact is to mature it needs to be able to consistently measure social returns. This issue puts the spotlight on the debates over how best to measure social impact. A uniform performance metric for all social impact organisations is an ongoing quest, in both practical and academic circles. The search for the ‘Holy Measurement Grail’ continues. The summaries selected below highlight recent publications highlighting the manifold challenges of measuring social … Continue reading

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A Partial Marvel: Microcredit may not work wonders but it does help the entrepreneurial poor

The Economist; 18 July 2009. Has microcredit delivered on its promise to lift borrowers out of poverty? Academics have had a hard time finding evidence to answer this question. Part of the challenge of studying the impact of microcredit is selection bias. A scientific survey requires that you compare those who get a microcredit loan with a control group of similar people facing the exact same economic hardships and external market constraints. Microcredit loans may … Continue reading

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Does Microlending Really Help the Poor?

The BBC World Service; radio broadcast; 29 July 2009. To listen to the voices of borrowers, lenders, and regulators engaged in microcredit BBC radio reporter Jo Fidgen goes to the streets in Zambia. She uncovers the “debt trap” into which some Zambian borrowers have fallen. According to one microcredit borrower who runs a sewing shop: “After I pay off the interest on my loan every month, there is no money left to invest in my … Continue reading

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Investors’ Perspectives: A Time for Community Bonds

by Maureen Stapleton, Alliance; June 2009. Alliance magazine is a quarterly journal aimed at informing philanthropists and social investors about the latest trends in the field worldwide. It may be a sign of the growing popularity of new financial instruments pitched to philanthropists, that the magazine is now featuring financial products. This article provides a brief introduction to yet another social investment opportunity: community bonds. According to the author, community bonds are in use in … Continue reading

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Microfinance Banana Skins 2009: Confronting Crisis and Change

by David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; June 2009. For a clear risk report on the microfinance industry, the folks at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation give us “Microfinance Banana Skins 2009.” The “banana skins” in their title refers to potential risks, as in the classic cartoon slip-up. This report spotlights current risks associated with the microfinance industry. The risks are identified and ranked by investors, … Continue reading

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Social Enterprise – the fledgling fourth sector

by Chip Feiss, The Financial Times; 15 June 2009. There are signs that social enterprise, or the fledgling fourth sector, is strong and growing. The article cites the explosion of nonprofit organisations across the globe and the upsurge of socially responsible investment funds. Mainstream financial press (such as The Financial Times) has recognised the rapid growth of the fourth sector; and top tier business schools have begun to offer courses in social enterprise. Yet many … Continue reading

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Factors Affecting Member Perceptions of Coalition Impact

by Rebecca Wells, Mark Feinberg, Jeffrey A. Alexander, and Ann J. Ward, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, vol. 19, no. 3; Spring 2009. What is it that makes a successful coalition – and what is the X-factor that makes its members believe they are achieving a real impact? This academic paper investigates these questions by bringing together and extending research on perceptions of social impact. The authors’ research focuses on coalitions – which are defined as … Continue reading

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Will They Pay?

by Laura Starita, Alliance Magazine; December 1, 2008 Donor advisory firms have paved the way to assist wealthy individuals and families who want more information about the effectiveness of their giving. According to a recent study by the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, 66% of wealthy donors surveyed said they would give more — and differently — if they had information about the effectiveness of their gifts. Two former partners at Goldman Sachs, … Continue reading

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