Social finance

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Social finance is an approach to managing money which delivers a social dividend and an economic return. It may also refer to Social Finance UK, the organization behind the first Social Impact Bond, or Social Finance US their sister organization.

Social finance includes community investing, microfinance, social impact bonds, sustainable business, and social enterprise lending. Outcome-based philanthropic grantmaking and program-related investments, sometimes referred to as venture philanthropy, also fall under the umbrella of social finance.

These approaches to investment and funding share the twin focus of stimulating positive social and environmental returns for investors and the larger world. Some social investors even try to affect an environmental return, which is referred to as a regard for a ‘triple bottom line’.

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