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Can You Handle the Truth? | Venture Philanthropy Partners

Can You Handle the Truth? | Venture Philanthropy Partners | Venture Philanthropy Worldwide | Scoop.it

There are many reasons why developing high-performance organizations and leaders is not a priority within the social and public sectors. Sure, there’s little money coming from funders to support it. Yes, there’s a shortage of know-how—best practices, products, consultants—to help get organizations started on the right path. But these may not be the biggest gating factors.

Too many of us—especially us funders—need a boost of courage to face the facts. Are we really willing to hold the mirror up? Or are we afraid we’ll learn that what we’re doing or funding isn’t as good as we’ve led people, or even ourselves, to believe? Might the data tell us things we don’t want to hear because it doesn’t support or runs counter to our aspirations?


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Feature: European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment 2011/2012: The EVPA Survey | EVPA

Feature: European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment 2011/2012: The EVPA Survey | EVPA | Venture Philanthropy Worldwide | Scoop.it

On March 1, EVPA released its second annual survey of European venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI). It reveals that the European VP/SI sector continues to evolve rapidly and is becoming more sophisticated in the use of instruments to generate greater societal impact. In the second survey, the average annual financial spend per VP/SI organisation was €5.2m – a 27% increase on the previous year (€4.1m).

The objective of the survey is to provide independent data and to raise awareness about the impact of VP/SI originating in Europe. The report provides detailed analysis of the financial and non-financial investments made, and the investment strategy and investment practices of Europe-based venture philanthropy and social investment organisations (VPOs). The following are some of the trends detected.


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Venture Philanthropy: The Next Movement in Nonprofit Development

Venture Philanthropy: The Next Movement in Nonprofit Development | Venture Philanthropy Worldwide | Scoop.it
Learn the new wave in nonprofit funding procurement. (Venture Philanthropy: The Next Movement in Nonprofit Development
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Has Venture Philanthropy Passed Its Peak? (SSIR)

Has Venture Philanthropy Passed Its Peak? (SSIR) | Venture Philanthropy Worldwide | Scoop.it

As someone with roots in product marketing, I can’t but help to see the similarities between the fashion curve of popular products and the adoption curve of venture philanthropy. And we have, in my opinion, passed the summit of that curve for venture philanthropy.

When we founded Strategic Grant Partners in 2002, partnering with outstanding leaders who have powerful ideas to improve the lives of struggling individuals and families in Massachusetts, the term venture philanthropy was new. You had to explain to people that it referred to taking techniques from venture capital and applying them to achieving philanthropic goals

Today, terms like social investing, social entrepreneurs, and social impact are common. Grants that require measurement and outcomes are ubiquitous. Finding the “new” new thing is the primary occupation of several well-intentioned philanthropies. There has been a dramatic shift in philanthropic dollars to high-risk startups, diverting money away from traditional nonprofit organizations. Even our government thinks of itself as a social investor, using taxpayer dollars to fund higher-risk social ventures through its Social Innovation Fund.


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Google grants part of larger growth in venture philanthropy for nonprofit innovators in US

Google grants part of larger growth in venture philanthropy for nonprofit innovators in US | Venture Philanthropy Worldwide | Scoop.it

Scott Harrison knows his charity has funded nearly 7,000 clean water projects in some of the poorest areas of the world in the past six years. How many of those wells are still flowing with drinking water months or years later, though? That's a tough question to answer....

 

This month, Google stepped in with major funding to create and install sensors on 4,000 wells across Africa by 2015 that will send back real-time data on the water flow at each site. The $5 million grant could be a game changer for Charity: Water to ensure its projects are sustainable, to raise money for maintenance and to empower developing countries to maintain their infrastructure with new data.

 

 


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