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Social Impact Investing - Fad or the Future?

by Brenda Peluso

Social Impact Investing and Pay-For-Performance Funding, such as Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), are getting a lot of attention.  The White House is interested, for-profits and hybrid corporations are interested, and foundations and nonprofits are considering the options.

In addition to a new federal bill, here is a collection of reports, articles, and opinion pieces that might help you think through the potential implications for our communities and your mission.  Thank you to the National Council of Nonprofits for compiling and annotating this list.

The questions for me are:

  • What is the role of government vs. that of the private sector to solve our greatest societal issues?
  • Who gets to choose where our efforts are focused: private investors or a democratically elected government?
  • What is the appropriate balance of government regulation and private initiative?
  • Who should bear the risk: investors, the government or nonprofits?

We welcome your comments here!  What are your thoughts and questions on the topic.  Would you seek “Pay For Performance” funding?  Let us know!

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