Foundations are a key player in the realm of funding for social initiatives, most widely known for grant-making. However, they may not be fully aware of other complementary tools to increase impact - such as Social Impact Investing. What are the possible ways of integrating Social Impact Investing into a foundation’s work? What are the regulatory hurdles? Join EVPA’s next EU Webinar on "Foundations & Social Impact Investing" on Wednesday the 22nd of March.
Foundations are a key player in the realm of funding for social initiatives. Even so, with the emergence of new insights and approaches, these entities are increasingly mindful of how to integrate and maximise social impact within their operations. While foundations are most widely known for grant-making, they also have at their disposal an increasing spectrum of complementary tools, namely in the field of Social Impact Investing.
The meaning of this approach and its relevance to foundations can, however, get lost in the midst of confusing terminology - Mission-Related-Investments, Program-Related-Investments, Total Impact Approach... What are the possible ways of integrating Social Impact Investing into a foundation’s work? How is this approach a viable complement to traditional grant-making? What lessons can be learned from success stories and interesting case examples of foundations doing Social Impact Investing? What are some regulatory hurdles that have to be kept in mind?
For the first 2017 session of its EU Webinar Series, EVPA will be looking at these questions. With the aid of experts and practitioners, this session will shed some clarity on the various Social Impact Investing tools available to foundations. It will also delve deeper into what are most widely known as Mission-Related Investments, i.e. investments of a foundation’s endowment that are aligned with its statuary purpose.
EVPA’s webinar on "Foundations & Social Impact Investing" will take place on the 22nd of March 2017 (14:30 - 16:00 CET).
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Elinor de Pret worked for EVPA from 2014 till June 2017 as Head of Policy, after almost ten years working in Public Affairs for the European Commission in China and with a consultancy in Brussels.
Being a Board member of a Belgian foundation focusing on education, Elinor is also involved in the first Belgian social impact bond and has been a member of the Belgian Ashoka Support Network since 2010. She holds a Master in Business Engineering (Namur) and in European Economics from the College of Europe (Bruges), attended the Oxford Impact Investing Executive Programme and completed the Certificate in Management of Social Enterprises at the ULg.