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Impact investment: Towards a paradigm shift in the social sector

New Philanthropy Capital

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 from 14:00 to 17:00 (EDT)

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The effective philanthropy movement is growing globally, with ever increasing interest from donors in seeking out and maximising impact. Up to 75% of both foundations and nonprofits in the UK say they invest more in impact measurement today than they did five years ago. London-based nonprofit NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) has been at the forefront of this movement since 2001, encouraging and helping donors and nonprofits to put impact at the heart of everything they do.

  • Yet there is evidence that this incremental change will never be far-reaching enough to unlock the true potential of the social sector to create social change:
  • The majority of nonprofits that invest in impact measurement do so to meet donors’ demands, not to manage and improve their own performance.
  • The majority of donors that seek evidence of impact also seek to isolate and attribute the specific impact of their own funding, rather than understand how social change occurs at the system level.
  • The majority of impact measurement frameworks and impact data are developed and collected in isolation, so we consistently fail to build evidence and progress at the field level.

Instead of  being focused on delivering solutions to social problems, the social sector, in aggregrate, looks and behaves as if it is primarily focussed on meeting the needs of its funders and its own organisations. NPC believes it is time to work towards a paradigm shift in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. While impact investment, digital technologies and solutions-based thinking promise new approaches to achieving social impact, we do not believe they have the potential to shift the fundamental structural barriers to transformation on their own.

Please join us for a seminar and workshop hosted by Barclays, in which NPC’s Dan Corry (Chief Executive) and Tris Lumley (Director of Development) will present their research on the state of the nonprofit sector, and set out a vision of a new paradigm, based on strategies already being tested out. This vision is built on NPC’s work on impact leadership, shared measurement and collective impact, data labs, and new strategies for scaling impact, such as:

  • Catalysing impact leadership across philanthropy and nonprofit sectors;
  • Convening funders to support system-level strategies;
  • Co-production of a systems view on a social/environmental issue;
  • Mapping evidence and activity at the systemic level;
  • Developing shared measurement frameworks;
  • Enabling access by nonprofits to government outcomes data;
  • Developing scaling strategies within the systemic view;
  • Influencing the funding marketplace at the systemic level.

We look forward to the opportunity to exchange views and feedback and to understanding how some of the above ideas might chime with your own thinking and developing strategies. 

Do you have questions about Impact investment: Towards a paradigm shift in the social sector? Contact New Philanthropy Capital

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745 7th Ave
New York, New York 10019

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 from 14:00 to 17:00 (EDT)

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New Philanthropy Capital

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is a consultancy and think tank dedicated to helping funders and charities achieve a greater impact.

We offer advice based on in-depth research of social issues and on our own unique method of analysing charities. We build knowledge and tools to support charities and funders and encourage debate about what makes a charity effective and how to measure impact.

Our mission is to put effectiveness at the heart of how all charities work and how all funders give. Changing more lives. Doing good, better.

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