Social Enterprise – Thought Leadership on Giving

I HAVE DISCUSSED the content of the Green Paper on Giving, recently made available through Cabinet Office. The bundle was also comprised of seven supplementary thought leadership papers on Social Enterprise. What did they contain?

“No‐one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime.” Kofi Annan [from Hatton-Yeo’s paper “Giving and the baby boomer generation”]

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Philanthrocapitalism and the Enterprise Encore Career

Philanthrocapitalism or venture philanthropy is a system that bases its approach to fulfilling philanthropic goals on tried and tested business concepts and venture capital investment. It typically focuses on mid to long-term partnerships, investments comprising financial, intellectual and human capital. The philosophy is the application of financial investment techniques motivated by the maximisation of return on “social investment”. This is not (necessarily) monetary return (the motivation for the investment being of a principally philanthropic nature). Venture philanthropy is characterised by partnership engagements, varying financing techniques (grants, loans, structured financial instruments), and a desire for donors and recipients to maximise quantifiable “social return on investment”. Continue reading “Philanthrocapitalism and the Enterprise Encore Career”