Social Finance in Canada

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Presented at the ANSER Conference, 28th May, 2009

Based on a forthcoming paper on the social finance landscape in Canada, from an investor perspective. Download the paper from carleton.ca/3ci

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Social Finance in Canada

  1. 1. Social Finance in Canada Tessa Hebb Karim Harji Carleton Centre for Community Innovation Carleton University ANSER Conference 2 8 th M a y 2 0 0 9
  2. 2. Introduction  What is Social Finance?  Understanding the Blended Value Proposition  Canada’s Social Finance Landscape  Emerging Investment Opportunities  Moving Social Finance Forward 2
  3. 3. What is Blended Value? “The Blended Value Proposition states is that all organizations, whether for-profit or not, create value that consists of economic, social and environmental value components — and that investors (whether market-rate, charitable or some mix of the two) simultaneously generate all three forms of value through providing capital to organizations.” Jed Emerson 3
  4. 4. Social Finance Continuum Below-Market Investments Market-Rate Investments Source: F.B. Heron Foundation 4
  5. 5. Canada’s Social Finance Landscape  Government  Philanthropy  Community Development Finance  Social Enterprise  Green Investors 5
  6. 6. Emerging Opportunities  Engaging institutional investors  Utilizing foundation assets  Creating new financial vehicles  Enabling government legislation  Developing social metrics 6
  7. 7. Moving Forward  Mapping supply, demand, intermediaries  Commonly-understood language  Align demand and supply  Creativity around financial vehicles  Absorptive capacity of social enterprise  Use the current crisis as an opportunity 7
  8. 8. Contacts Tessa Hebb Director, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) thebb (at) attglobal.net www.carleton.ca/3ci Karim Harji Senior Research Associate, 3ci; Manager, Social Capital Partners karim (at) socialfinance.ca www.socialfinance.ca 8

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