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2011 年 08 月 31 日
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Jigar Shah: Impact Investing Defined

2011 年 08 月 31 日

Socially responsible investments might be emotionally compelling investments, but do they necessarily have compelling financial returns?

The term “Impact Investing” has taken on many meanings in the past few years. I want to end the confusion and underscore that impact investing must by definition deliver impactful and compelling financial returns.

Impact investing has been labeled as a subset of socially responsible investing (SRI). But, it is not a subset of SRI.

The basic premise of socially responsible investing is to avoid investing in businesses that cause harm to the environment or society. Since SRI’s approach to investing is narrow and passive, it is by definition often a niche investing strategy, which in many cases has delivered lukewarm returns.

SRIs don’t necessarily impact an industry, impact investments necessarily do. Yet, many organizations still treat SRI and impact investing like synonyms – causing confusion.

For example, here is the definition of SRI from ecolife, a website that is an online guide to green living:

“Socially responsible investing is an investment strategy employed by individuals, corporations, and governments looking for ways to ensure their funds go to support socially responsible firms. The concept goes by names like sustainable investing, impact investing, community investing, ethical investing, and socially-conscious investing; it is a non-financial gauge that is used when selecting various investment options that takes into account factors such as environmental, social, and ethical values.”

The reality is that some socially responsible investments can be impact investments, but not all impact investments are socially responsible investments. So, SRIs are really a subset of impact investing. According to the Monitor Institute’s new report “impact investors want to move beyond ‘socially responsible investment’.”

All impact investments have the potential to move towards a new economy – an impact economy, not all SRIs will. In fact, most SRIs won’t.

Why? Impact investing is socially responsible and must have compelling returns. Returns that make the professional investor consider it seriously as a critical piece in the portfolio. According to Dr. Arjuna Sittampalam, research associate with EDHEC-Risk Institute, “in other words, the investor makes an active decision to seek a social or developmental return alongside their financial return.”

Since impact investments create compelling returns, they have a greater chance of attracting more serious professional investors than SRIs — a necessity for creating worldwide social change and impact.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) defines impact investments as those that: “aim to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial profit. Impact investing includes investments that range from producing a return of principal capital (capital preservation) to offering market-rate or even market-beating financial returns. Although impact investing could be categorized as a type of ‘socially responsible investing,’ it contrasts with negative screening, which focuses primarily on avoiding investments in ‘bad’ or ‘harmful’ companies – impact investors actively seek to place capital in businesses and funds that can harness the positive power of enterprise.”

This definition is more on target with the real definition of impact investing, but to revise part of GIIN’s definition: Impact investments only include investments that can offer market-rate or even market-beating financial returns.

So, my definition — impact investing must achieve four significant goals:

1. Make an impact in solving a pressing problem of our time,
2. Generate compelling returns for investors,
3. Generate growth for economies, and
4. Generate prosperity for developed and developing nations.

An example is my own case-in-point. I founded SunEdison that created the power purchase agreement (PPA) model for the solar industry. This business model used net metering, streamlined interconnection standards, ways to connect to the grid, and actually provided a new solar power service to customers.

Investments in PPAs are delivering 7-12% unleveraged after tax returns. In today’s financial environment; these are compelling returns given the low risks.

Plus, PPAs have lowered the use of fossil fuels to deliver electric energy; created thousands of jobs worldwide and are growing. They have impactful financial returns and impact a big problem.

According to the Monitor Institute’s new report Investing for social and environmental impact: a design for catalyzing an emerging industry “it is certainly plausible that in the next five to 10 years investing for impact could grow to represent about 1 percent of estimated professionally managed global assets in 2008. That would create a market of approximately $500 billion. A market that size would create an important supplement to philanthropy, nearly doubling the amount given away in the U.S. alone today.”

But that is only a start, a start to an “Impact Economy.” To really make a difference – to leverage impact investing to create an impact economy, it must be larger. Some estimate that we need to invest over $1 trillion to combat issues like climate change, poverty, and lacking global health, to put the world back onto a stable more equitable footing.

So, let’s put our money where the impact is. Stop selling impact investors short.

Jigar Shah is CEO of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change and create a post-carbon economy.

轉寄︰ 环 球 协 力 社 简 讯 第七十二期 2011年8月

2011 年 08 月 31 日

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主題︰ 环 球 协 力 社 简 讯 第七十二期 2011年8月

第七十二期 20118
亲爱的朋友:
本期介绍了8月份网站和博客的主要内容,以及环球协力社的最新动态。如果您的朋友对我们的简讯有兴趣的话,请自由传阅。环球协力简讯用中英两种语言发送,请访问环球协力社网站(www.glinet.org)

编者的话:
慈善不仅仅是给予,而是推动社会进步和变革的巨大能量。前不久在美国举办的战略慈善研讨会上,来自中美两国的参会者对两国慈善业的现状和挑战做了一番分析和比较。拥有全世纪最大非营利部门的美国正在受到经济危机带来的冲击:公共和民间资助的锐减使得一些非营利组织面临前所未有的生存危机,这也推动了更多的新兴慈善家和公益机构打破传统慈善的僵局,寻求更有效的创新之路。中国的慈善公益业近两年正在以傲人的“中国速度”蓬勃发展,然而令人尴尬的状况似乎是基金会除了不缺钱以外,什么都缺。而无数嗷嗷待哺的非营利组织仍然没有买奶粉的经费。公益生态链的断层究竟应该如何去填补?

他山之石,可以攻玉。本次简讯集中介绍了美国公益慈善领域的一些最新状况和应对之道。
“慈善:下一步怎么走”一文是Monitor研究所基于多年研究对慈善业下一个十年走势所做的分析。面对越来越纷繁复杂的社会问题,光靠单个的非营利机构或者慈善家已经无法给出任何良方。“催化型慈善”是近两年在美国备受关注的慈善新模式。一个很好的例子就是由Ebay创办人资助创办的“成长之路社会投资公司”。成长之路相信商业运作是重要的工具,与此同时,非营利组织和小型社区企业也是促成改变的重要力量。成长之路投资的领域跨越营利和非营利,规模也各不相同。成长之路的愿景跨越整个21世纪,为此公司承诺至少十年以上的社会投资来支持地产地消、减少浪费和创造新可再生能源领域里的创新。

机构动态
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Ashoka新一轮社会创业竞赛报名开始
美国Ashoka和德国勃林格殷格翰制药公司(Boehringer Ingelheim)共同主办的社会创新主题的「爱创家(Changemakers)」网络在线竞赛即将开始,以 『创造更多健康』(“Making More Health” 为主题的本次竞赛,征集从疾病治疗到生活方式的改善,从早期的检查到治疗所有与健康医疗领域相关的解决方案和共同研究课题。比赛截止日期为2011921日。前3名参赛者每人可以获得1万美元的奖励,并可以通过爱创家中文网站直接用中文参与竞赛。

慈善与社会创新
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催化型慈善
“催化型慈善”这一概念近两年成为美国公益界关注的一个热点。美国的慈善家们尽管花费了大量的金钱,也协助建立了世界上最大的非营利部门,但仍无法解决越来越纷繁复杂的社会问题。催化型慈善一种已经被一些最具创新性的捐助者所实践的新方式。本文通过具体案例详细介绍了催化型慈善在实践过程中的四个特点以及其与传统型慈善的区别。(2011-08-24) 详细内容

成长之路(ULUPONO INITIATIVE)社会投资公司简介
成长之路(Ulupono Initiative)是由Ebay创始人Pierre Omidyar资助创办,扎根于夏威夷、为本地需求服务的社会投资公司。成长之路社会投资公司主要资助在推广本地种植、减少浪费和创造新可再生能源领域里充满创意的本地机构和公司,以此来改善本地的经济和环境,提高夏威夷居民的生活水平。(2011-08-22详细内容

慈善,下一步怎么走?()
本报告基于由凯洛格基金会(W.K. Kellogg Foundation)和罗伯特伍德詹森基金(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)联合资助的一项关于慈善界走向的多年研究,并在2005年初稿的基础上进行了修正和补充。最终报告强调,慈善世界的新变革将要求资助者不仅要运用当今的最佳方法,而且应引领下一步行动”—即适应未来世界更为网络化、动态化及相互依存的公共问题解决境况的有效方法。我们详细描述了十项下一步方案,希望以此帮助资助者在日益紧迫的社会和环境问题上发挥更大的影响力。(2011-08-23详细内容

慈善,下一步怎么走?()
“扩大行动力”与“增加适应力”代表着一系列能使慈善业变成一股更为强大、更具变革性的力量举措。虽然这些“下一步方案”中的任何一项独立运作起来都会富有成果,但若能将它们结合到一起,影响力会更加惊人。(2011-08-23) 详细内容

慈善捐赠的问题及应对之道
美国的慈善业正面临着很大的危机。如今的基金会运营太过官僚作风、僵化与谨慎,并且过于关注短期目标。赠款流程常常太迎合基金会和其受托人的需求,而不是非营利机构的要求。
同时,经济萧条正加剧这一危机。公共和私人基金的锐减,将许多重要非营利组织,尤其是地方层面组织,带入了危险境地。为此基金会应该通过增加对非营利机构常规运营的支持,增加常年资助等方式来应对。(2011-08-23详细内容

最佳实践
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企业家为社区儿童搭建玩耍乐园
美国有一半以上的孩子(居住的)社区没有活动场所。居住在费城的达雷尔哈蒙德(Darell Hammond)看到了一则由于没有社区活动场所,两个孩子在废弃汽车里玩耍时窒息死亡的新闻故事。这一现实让达雷尔极度困扰,于是他建立了一个机构,为儿童建造可以玩耍活动的地方。在过去将近15年的时间里,该团队已帮助建造1800余个活动场所了。该团体叫做爆音(KaBOOM!)。(2011-08-23详细内容

协力员博客
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本月推荐:
草根故事“蜗居”小姑娘的快乐生活
同心实验学校是一所由打工者集聚社会力量创办、面向打工子女的学校,尽管条件艰苦,但仍然是皮村几百名学龄打工子弟的乐园。 详细内容

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轉寄︰ Business Revolution – Red Ochre Social Enterprise Bootcamp

2011 年 08 月 31 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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轉寄︰ Business Revolution – Red Ochre Social Enterprise Bootcamp

2011 年 08 月 31 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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轉寄︰ YouGen newsletter August 2011

2011 年 08 月 27 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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主題︰ YouGen newsletter August 2011

August 2011
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Hello
I know it’s only August, but this week I’ve seen a glimpse of autumn, which led to thoughts of heating. How timely, as the renewable heat premium payments scheme opened on 1 August. Grants are available for up to 25,000 domestic installations of solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps between now and the end of March 2012. As 2,700 people had already expressed an interest in the grants before the scheme launched, it’s worth getting your skates on if you want to benefit.
best wishes
Cathy
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Off-grid solar pv panels at Stafford Marsh Field Studies Centre

Renewable energy is working well for community buildings

I think community use is one of the most exciting areas of renewable energy. I’ve been visiting some local community energy projects, and hope they inspire you as much as they did me.
If you are a community group thinking of installing renewable energy, it’s important to note that in future receiving grants from public funds will probably make you ineligible for the feed-in tariff.

 feed-in tariff on solar PV panels

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Installing solar pv panels

How competent are renewable energy installers?

As more and more solar panels appear on rooves around the country it’s easy to forget how young the industry is, and how much it has expanded in the past 18 months (from less than 1,000 MCS accredited installers to more than 3,000). I’ve been having a little look at the training requirements for installers and what the key aspects of MCS accreditation involve. I’d say there’s room for improvement in both. In the meantime, ask potential installers about what training and experience the people who will be working on your job have, and check our directory to see if previous customers have recommended them. But I’m curious. What do you expect to be the key aspects of an accreditation scheme. Is it how well they manage the paper trail? Or the quality of the installations? Leave your comments here.
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Tips of the month – on choosing a renewable energy installer

“I think you learn through the quotation process. Some firms clearly send ‘sales’ consultants whilst others send technicians – I’d prefer a technician any day. They know the facts and are more likely to be able to answer all your questions and suggest practical alternative solutions.” – StephenS
“Be wary of the hard sell – doing good research beforehand will make it harder for a salesman to pull the wool over your eyes!
“Ask as many questions as you need to – a good supplier will answer fully and patiently!
“When weighing up costs, consider how well a system will perform in 25 years’ time. The best option may not be the cheapest option.
“Don’t be too afraid of the FIT paperwork – it is actually quite straightforward and all MCS accredited suppliers are supposed to help you register.
“Take a look at this short clip on choosing a supplier. GOOD LUCK in your choice!” – Shilpa
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轉寄︰ Enterprising Communities

2011 年 08 月 26 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

my facebook  &  my twitter  &  my linkedin

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主題︰ Enterprising Communities

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to this weeks newsletter.
This week has seen the announcement of next years Social Economy Trade Show, Footsey. It will take place on the 1st March 2012 and online booking opens 7 September www.footsey.co.uk .
Don’t forget It is British Science Week from September 10th to the 15th in and around the Bradford district.  For more information of to book go to the website http://www.britishsciencefestival.org

Futures North 2012

The next Futures North event is going to take place on Wednesday 2nd November at Sheffield Hallam Student Union.
The theme of this years Futures North is ‘Communites, Trading, Capital, Investment’
Keynote Speakers Rob Hopkins from the Transition Network and Dr Rory Ridley-Duff of Sheffield Business School have been confirmed. More will be announced soon.
If you are interested in running a workshop for the event under one of the theme headings please email alex@cooperatives-yh.coop.
You can download an Exhibitor Application from here and delegate bookings will open in September.
Full details are available from http://futures-north.coop/

Reaching Communities Workshop-Bfunded

Making a Reaching Communities Application Workshop – Wednesday 19th October, Kirkgate Community Centre, Shipley
10am to 1pm
This workshop is FREE to voluntary and community groups due to Lottery funding (Community Cascade project), however there may be a limit of 1 person per group, so early booking is advised.  To find out more and download the booking form please visit their website.

2011 Environmental Commissioning Needs Analysis

Bradford Council’s Community Funding Unit has asked Bradford Environment Forum to update the environmental needs analysis for the district.  This will then be used to assess how the Community Funding Unit money designated annually for community-focused environmental work will be allocated from 2012 onwards. 
The current amount available from the Community Funding Unit is £54,881, with a possible reduction next year.
A Bradford Environmental Forum sub-committee has been formed.  This group has identified five priorities for the district, plus several overarching requirements that would need to be met by organisations that apply for funding.
Bradford Environmental Forum is asking for feedback and suggestions on the priorities and organisational requirements.  Feedback will be taken into consideration when producing the final recommendations. 
To view the document, please visit http://www.bradfordenvironment.org.uk/node/921
For more information, please email Wendy Collins wendy@bradfordenvironment.org.uk
The deadline for feedback is the 12th September 2011

Global Xchange Host Homes Wanted

Global Xchange is a cross-cultural volunteer exchange programme run by VSO in partnership with the British Council and other partnership organisations around the World. In Bradford Global Xchange will be run through the local partner organisation City of Bradford YMCA.
In October 2011 a team of twenty volunteers aged 18-22 from the Philippines and the UK will spend three months in Bohol, Philippines working on local projects and engaging with the community. Having completed their time in the Philippines, the whole team will then spend twelve weeks and 6000 hours engaged in voluntary work in Bradford. They are appealing for local people in Bradford to act as host to the volunteers during their stay January-March 2012.
If you think you can help and wish to find out more information on the project please visit
http://www.globalxchange.org.uk/pages/host-homes.aspx
Or contact Kelly Dobson Kelly.dobson@bradfordymca.org.uk   01274  735305

SEIF Fund Deadline Approaches

The deadline for applications to  the Social Enterprise Investment Fund Capital Growth Fund is 16 September (12pm)

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) aims to support social enterprises deliver innovative health and social care services and products as well as to invest to help social enterprises to become sustainable in the longer term.

Grants of £50,000 to £150,000 are available. Loans are also available if the organisation can show it is able to repay.  

Grants are available for –
• Property or land purchase
• Some fees relating to capital projects including solicitors, architects and surveyors
• Property renovations and refurbishments
• Purchase of vehicles
• Equipment for delivery of services e.g. fixtures and fittings
• IT equipment
• Organisations must be able to draw down and spend this funding by 31 March 2012.
To find out if your group is eligible and to download the application form, complete the online form at http://www.thesocialinvestmentbusiness.org/our-funds/seif/seifcapitalgrowthfund/

The Social Investment Business investment team are available to help you with any questions you might have about the SEIF application process.  Please telephone 0191 269 2276 or email info@thesocialinvestmentbusiness.org

Keighley Area Community Safety Small Grants

Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office, (using funds allocated by the Bradford District Community Safety Partnership), is inviting bids for funding for the Keighley Area Community Safety Small Grants Scheme.  The total amount of funding available to distribute through small grants is £10,000.
The aim of this funding is to support community safety activities that can demonstrate that they will address anti-social behaviour issues in a neighbourhood and support approaches which promote the active involvement of residents in addressing community safety issues. 
• This funding is for one year only and must be spent by 31 March 2012.
• There will not be any continuation funding available. 
• Monitoring and receipts for all expenditure will be required.
• The normal amount for a single award will be between £500 – £1,000.
Applications will only be considered from groups/ organisations that either operate in, or benefit people that live in the Keighley Constituency Area:
• Keighley Central
• Keighley West
• Keighley East
• Worth Valley
• Craven
• Ilkley
More information is available on the bfunded website http://www.bfunded.org.uk/news/?id=290
If your group needs help with applying for this funding, please contact Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01535 618008 or email KeighleyAreaCoordinatorsOffice@bradford.gov.uk
The deadline is the 22nd of September 2011 at 4pm.

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Chamber Annual Dinner

Date:    18 November 2011 
Time:    18.45 arrival – late 
Venue:  Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford  
Last year’s Dinner proved to be a huge success. The Annual Dinner provides fantastic entertainment and the opportunity to mingle with the great and the good of the Business Community.
To book or discuss corporate opportunities contact the Chamber events team on 01274 354758.

Bradford Business Forum

8th September 2011
The event will be held on 8th September 2011 at Morrison’s Headquarters, Gain Lane, Bradford from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
The aim of the event is to to provide an opportunity for local business to network; promote inter-trading and enable agencies to understand the needs and aspirations of the Bradford East business community.
The evening will start by light dinner which will offer the opportunity to share and discuss ideas with other entrepreneurs in the area. 
This will be followed by presentations from Westfield about the latest plans for the City Centre Development.
Also the launch of a new project to create 100 apprenticeships in the district in 100 days.
The event is free to book your place please visit the Inspired Neighbourhoods website.

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轉寄︰ Social Enterprise UK Newsletter 25-08-2011

2011 年 08 月 26 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
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Inside this issue

Social Enterprise UK activity

News

Consultations

Events

Resources

Member profile

Jobs

Social Enterprise UK activity


Trade unions and social enterprise: time to find common ground
Ceri Jones, Head of Policy and Research at Social Enterprise UK, authored a recent blogpost which appeared on the Guardian Social Enterprise network calling on trade unions and social enterprise to recognise their common ground.  The full article is still available to read here.
To accompany this piece, we’ve published a draft paper which proposes a very basic set of values and operating principles in relation to public service reform and the role of social enterprise within that. It is there to be discussed so please have a look and if you have any comments send them to Olof Jonsdottir – olof.jonsdottir@socialenterprise.org.uk.

Upcoming Social Enterprise UK events
Social Enterprise UK will be delivering a number of events during September. These are outlined below but full details are available on the website.

Right to run

8 September – Liverpool
A one day event for public sector staff interested in setting up a social enterprise or mutual.
More information on the programme and how to book can be found on the website.

Two at the Top

22 September – Manchester
A one day event which will focus specifically on the relationship between the CEO and Chair for social enterprises moving out of the public sector into social enterprise models.
This event requires BOTH the Chair and CEO of the same organisation to attend.
This event is free to attend for Right to Request social enterprises with a cost for other any other delegates.

Social Enterprise Leadership Development course

From 14 September
Developed by Social Enterprise UK and delivered by Real Partners CIC the course includes personal leadership development days, the opportunity to meet and learn from other leaders through social enterprise visits, roundtables, and peer-to-peer events.
There are only a small number of places remaining. Application forms can be found on the website.

News

Nigel and Karen Lowthrop
Karen Lowthrop appointed MBE
Leading social entrepreneur and Social Enterprise UK Board member, Karen Lowthrop, has been appointed an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her services to social enterprise in Lincolnshire. Karen (pictured above with husband, Nigel) is Chief Executive of Hill Holt Wood and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  
In 1997 Karen and her husband, Nigel Lowthrop, founded Hill Holt Wood having purchased the woodland two years earlier. In 2002 the environmental social enterprise was born and Hill Holt Wood now enjoys national prominence as a leading example of how natural resources can be maintained and developed for the benefit of the local community.     

Andrew Mason, Head of Finance at Hill Holt Wood, said:

“We are delighted that Karen has been recognised in such a manner for her passion and commitment to Hill Holt Wood’s work with disadvantaged young people in Lincolnshire,  and look forward to many more years of successful community involvement.”
Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said:
“We are delighted Karen has been given this honour. It is very well deserved. Karen is a true leader in the social enterprise movement, and her work has touched the lives of many thousands of people. Hill Holt Wood has proven a turning point in the lives of many young people who needed the sort of imaginitive, practical support it provides.”

The award was not announced in January because Karen is Irish and honours to foreign and commonwealth citizens must be approved by the individual’s home country and are announced throughout the year.  Karen will receive her award in September 2011.

Consultations

Independent Review on Social Mobility & Child Poverty call for evidence
The Independent Review on Social Mobility & Child Poverty has launched a call for evidence which asks for contributions from a wide range of people and organisations on how social mobility and child poverty can best be tackled.
It explores questions around how child poverty and social mobility are linked, what the challenges are and asks for ideas on what potential solutions might be. It seeks views on the Government’s strategies, ideas on how best to measure progress, and asks how projects targeting child poverty and social mobility can be set up, effectively evaluated and successfully rolled out. 
The findings from the call for evidence will build on work already undertaken – including the 2011 child poverty consultation, three independent reviews by Frank Field, Graham Allen and Dame Clare Tickell, and the 2009 Fair Access to the Professions report.
If you have any questions about the call for evidence, please email Milburnreview@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk.

 Events

I Will Tell International Film Festival 2011
August/September
London
I Will Tell, a dynamic young international film festival, will feature over 100 films and special events for 11 days and film-filmed nights from Tuesday 30th August to Friday 9th September at 3 venues near Euston station.
The festival is organised by Social Enterprise UK member, Zion Social Enterprise, and this year will be celebrating its fifth year with film screenings, post-screening discussions and the chance to win £5,000 to make your own film.
Visit www.iwilltell.com for more information or e-mail info@iwilltell.com.

Informing civil society: the work of the Third Sector Research Centre
14 October
London
The Third Sector Research Centre will share findings from its research programme on the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors in the UK. A chance to discuss and debate issues with the TSRC’s researchers and help inform the Centre’s future research agenda.

Nubia workshop series
September
London
Nubia Magazine Training Division is running a series of Saturday morning workshops at Can Mezzanine  (CM) and The Windsor Fellowship (WF) in London. 
1. Interview Skills
3 September – 10am – 1pm, CM
How to Make Yourself an Irresistible Candidate
2. Dynamic Communication Skills
10 September – 10am – 1pm, WF
Come and Enjoy a Range of Interactive Activities to Develop your Skills Set
3. Fully Focused Youth and Employer’s Expectations
17 September – 10am – 1pm, CM
A Unique Opportunity for Young People to Engage in Dialogue with Existing Business Owners
4. Killer Presentation Skills
24 September – 10am – 1pm, WF
Learn How to Capture an Audience and Deliver a Winning Presentation

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Introduction to Social Enterprise & Legal Structures

29 September
London
Cost – £50 Inc VAT

What is Social Enterprise? How do you become a social entrepreneur? Have you got what it takes? If you are starting to establish a social enterprise and are looking for a clear understanding of the concept, this workshop from Red Ochre is for you. Uday Thakkar, managing director of Red Ochre will help you explore the practicalities of starting a social enterprise, and learn about the social entrepreneur’s journey with a forward looking prospective. You will acquire an understanding of the different legal structures available to social enterprise and become familiar with the management, governance and funding aspects of each.

To book a place contact anna@redochre.org.uk.

   
Labour Open Day
28 September
Liverpool
Charity and voluntary organisations are being invited to a free Open Day at the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool.

The Open Day, the first of its kind from any political party, is an opportunity for you to come and discuss the challenges you are facing as an organisation, your priorities and concerns at policy workshops and open discussion events.

Click here to learn more about the programme of the day and how to register.

The event will take place on Wednesday 28 September at the Arena Convention Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool. The deadline for registration is Friday 30 August 2011.

Please note that every guest must register and each application is subject to an external police security check, therefore we advise you to register at your earliest possible opportunity.

Resources
New Capital Growth Fund opens for health and social care social enterprises
The Social Investment Business would like to invest in social enterprises working in health or social care.
Until 16 September, they’ll be taking applications from health and social care organisations for capital grants and loans.  They will be awarding grants of £50,000 to £150,000 in value. Loans are also available if the organisation can show it is able to repay. Investments of over £150,000 will include a loan element.  
The Social Investment Business, with Local Partnerships, manages the SEIF on behalf of the Department of Health.
Click here to find out if your organisation is eligible for the SEIF Capital Growth Fund. 
Alternatively, ring the investment team on 0191 269 2276 for more information on SEIF.

£40,000 kick-start funding available
The North West Social Value Foundation (SVF) is a membership organisation formed by North West NHS Organisations committed to promoting the development of Social Value.
In order to deliver on its mission, SVF has identified £40,000 to invest in a number of ‘kick-start’ projects between NHS delivery bodies and the voluntary and community sector or social enterprises.  The Social Value Foundation currently has £40,000 to invest, with no minimum or maximum limit for any proposal. It is hoped that if successful, additional resources may be released.
It is looking for projects or ideas that go the extra mile to make a difference to communities. They should be partnerships of NHS organisations working with a social enterprise or VCS organisation.
All enquiries should be addressed to Julie Cheetham,  julie.cheetham@northwest.nhs.uk.
Initial expressions of interest should be submitted by 30 September 2011. Those proposals nominated to progress to an investment panel stage will be notified by 10 October 2011, in readiness to pitch on either 20 October or 3 November, 2011.

Why not enter the Social Enterprise of the Year category at the Startups Awards?
The Startups Awards are now open for entries and recognise ambitious start-up businesses that have made an impact in the UK. The judging panel comprises accomplished entrepreneurs, industry experts and business journalists. Now in its eighth year, the Startups Awards have earned a reputation for attracting and rewarding some of the most inspiring businesses in the UK. Previous winners in the Social Enterprise category including The CREATE Foundation, Goodwill Solutions and Social Enterprise UK member, Cool2Care.
Entries must be received by 23 September. Visit the website for more information.

Guardian Social Enterprise Award
The Guardian Social Enterprise network is looking for the UK’s most promising social enterprises who have the potential to make a big impact. Tell them why your social enterprise’s venture has good growth potential, is ready to “scale-up” and deliver greater social impact
Pitches must videoed and must be no longer than three minutes long.
Four outstanding finalists will be showcased online and at the Guardian Social Enterprise summit 2011, where delegates will vote for the overall winner.

The Social Investment Business ‘An interview with…’ podcast series released on iTunes
The Social Investment Business has made its monthly ‘An interview with…’ podcast series, which talks to leaders throughout the civil society and non-profit sector, available to download on iTunes.
The series has posed a mixture of provoking and fun questions to CEOs throughout the sector including Kate Bull from The People’s Supermarket, Rodney Schwartz from ClearlySo and Lord Victor Adebowale from Turning Point. Topics debated have ranged from health service reforms to Big Society, fair trade to opportunities for young people in social enterprise and the global social entrepreneurship market to social impact measurement. 
The podcast series consists of 10 episodes and the Social Investment Business will also shortly be announcing a competition for social enterprises to win the opportunity to be interviewed about their work.

     Race Equality Foundation
Free peer learning sessions for social enterprises providing services to children, young people and families
The Race Equality Foundation is offering peer learning sessions to support small voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to explore how they can make sure they are able to meet the needs of all children, young people and families.
The peer learning sessions are targeted at those working for small voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations providing services to children, young people and families. The programme will consist of three sessions between October 2011 and March 2012.  A session will last for 2-3 hours and provide an opportunity for participants to learn from and with each other.   The sessions are limited to 10 organisations and are free of charge.
These sessions are part of a Department for Education programme of work to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. 

Member profile

Social and Local
Social and Local is a marketing communications agency with a difference. Founded as a Community Interest Company, Social and Local reinvest 50% of their profits in social projects and have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of the fact that they trade for people and planet.
In addition to giving away half their profit the company also seeks to work transparently by sharing their expertise and revealing their margins.  As experts in the field, Social and Local therefore combine a robust and experienced commercial approach for clients with a sustainable contribution to the community.
Services include strategic planning, campaign services and training and capacity building.

Jobs

The following roles are currently being advertised on the social enterprise jobs page of the Social Enterprise UK website. More information on all these roles can be found here.
Business Team Intern
Social Enterprise UK 
Salary: Travel expenses and lunch
Location: Central London
Duration: 2-3 months
Closing Date: Thursday 8th September 12pm
Social Enterprise Development Worker
The Carers’ Support Centre

Salary: Salary 26,276 – 29,236 (pro rata) plus benefits (Funded initially until March 2012)
Location: South West
Closing date: 5 September 2011 
Email admin@carerssupportcentre.org.uk for a full job pack
Executive Assistant & Business Support Manager
Big Issue Invest

Salary: £24,000
Location: Central London
Closing date: 26 August 2011
For more information: rachel@bigissueinvest.com
Non-Executive Board Members
Our Life

Salary: Voluntary position. Out of pocket expenses paid.
Location: North West
Closing date: 9 September 2011
For more information: www.ourlife.org.uk/board_member_vacancies
If you would like to advertise your social enterprise job to our network and on the Social Enterprise UK website fill out the online form here. This service is FREE to all Social Enterprise UK members.  Alternatively e-mail katherine.harvey@socialenterprise.org.uk.

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轉寄︰ BiD Network Newsletter August 2011

2011 年 08 月 24 日

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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BiD Newsletter: August 2011
As many of you know, the BiD Network team has been building a new online platform. We also took this opportunity to re-design our tools. The new BiD Network Business Plan Template is already running and available for newcomers to BiD Network. We are also pleased to announce the latest addition to our Business Plan Competitions: the Diaspora Challenge. Spread the word! This newsletter is also available in Spanish.
News Site under construction New innovative online platform available soon. The Indonesian entrepreneur Putera Sampoerna and BiD Network incorporated a new innovative joint company. BiDx, the company, will build a new innovative online platform that engages and connects entrepreneurs from developing countries with mentors, partners and investors. This new release of the BiD Network website will initiate an important step in closing the financing gap for Small and Medium Enterprises in developing countries. Read more.
Tools Business Plan  The new BiD Network Business Plan template is available. This full template, available in English and Spanish, will help entrepreneurs write complete, clear and effective Business and Financial plans. New members of bidnetwork.org who are about to submit their application and/or start writing their business plan are invited to use this tool. Read more.
Privacy Policy   Transparency and choice. We respect the personal nature of the information you provide us on the BiD Network website and recognize the importance of protecting this information.

As a result of your feedback, we have improved the privacy practices related to all content you share or publish on bidnetwork.org.

Since the beginning of August any content related to your Business Plan application will only be visible to you, people assessing your plan and your coach if you have one. By content we mean your full Business Plan and your CV. You can change the trust and visibility settings of your contributions, your plan, your CV, your images and articles, by logging in and then clicking on ‘Change settings’ on the top right corner of the website. More info.

Diaspora Challenge   The Diaspora Challenge is a Business Plan Competition to support Kosovars, Palestinians, Rwandans, Liberians and Burundians living abroad and interested in starting and financing SMEs in their countries of origin. Complete business plans must be submitted by December 31st, 2011. Winner will be granted a technical prize worth €5,000. More info.
Press Review   Must-read articles we wanted to share…
Distribution, a great investment strategy for developing countries. Read more.
Indonesia is now the friendliest country in Asia for entrepreneurs. Read more.
The emerging start-up culture in Cairo will blow you away. Read more.
Africa can teach the world to innovate. Read more.
BiD NETWORK FOUNDATION T: +31 (0)20 7555 000 E: info@bidnetwork.org   BiD Network sources and selects business plans of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. BiD Network offers tools, contacts and coaching to the best entrepreneurs, paving the way for them to access finance and start their business. BiD Network actively seeks investors for the best SMEs, focusing on SMEs with a financing need of $10,000 to $1 million. BiD Network is a Netherlands based foundation with partners in 17 emerging markets.

 

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