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There is growing evidence that impact investment has become increasingly relevant in today’s economic setting as social challenges have mounted while public funds in many countries are under pressure. Grant making is no longer a sustainable option on its own, and new approaches are needed for addressing social and economic challenges, including new models of public and private partnership which can fund, deliver and scale innovative solutions from the ground up.*
The expectation of the millennial generation has accelerated the growth of social entrepreneurship with more people seeking innovative solutions to tackle social challenges. Like their technology predecessors in the early 80s, these new social innovators need capital to realize their potential, but often face obstacles in securing investment, due their risk profile, compared to more mainstream organizations.**
In 2015 the Trust’s Impact investment Strategy was launched which will focus on a limited number of impact investment opportunities over the next five to ten years, working in collaboration with external partners to offer a flexible investment model to social/health entrepreneurs. The investment portfolio will be decided by the Trust Board of Directors, following expert counsel from the newly created Trust Impact Advisory Committee.
The Committee will provide guidance and advice to the Trust on strategic investment decisions and its growth strategy; build and prioritize the investment strategy, and support the Trust on the implementation of their recommendations. They will also closely monitor and measure all investments against social and financial performance targets.
An initial £11m has been secured by the Trust to launch the implementation of the first phase of the Strategy, and in February 2016, the Trust hosted a round table meeting in London attended by over 60 internal and external stakeholders to further explore collaborative partnerships and potential investment opportunities.
secured by the Trust for the initial phase of the Strategy
Impact Investment is an area where the Trust can play a significant role, acting as a catalyst to bring together a network of partners to unlock resources and capital that will positively impact people’s lives
Impact Investments are an innovative asset class - presently the most sophisticated and effective investments on offer. Indeed, impact integrates a holistic and engaging approach with an intervention to support a measurable, social effect - a force for good.