Introduction to Understanding and Accessing Social Investment
This paper explores the growing pool of money termed “social investment” that is tailored to enterprise-based approaches to social and environmental problems. Social investment can help organizations build capacity, test innovations, and achieve sustainability.
The goals for this paper are to:
- provide a working definition for “social investment”, and explain how this differs from traditional funding mechanisms;
- educate organizations engaged in social enterprise activity and development on social investors and their criteria, as these organizations evolve their own business and funding strategies; and
- provide concrete advice on approaching social investors, a process that is significantly different from traditional grant-writing.