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The Frontlines of Blended Finance: Combining Philanthropic and Investment Capital for Impact Enterprise

Stephanie Marienau Turpin, Pact

Many are now recognizing that impact enterprises addressing the most intractable social problems, particularly in emerging markets, benefit from donations, grants or subsidized loans in the early stages of their development, as they seek to create new business models in underdeveloped markets that build impact into the bottom line. At the same time, sustainable businesses cannot be built on philanthropy alone and as they de-risk their models, there must be a transition to traditional investments. International non-profits, who understand the philanthropic capital landscape deeply, have emerged as important thought and implementation partners to social enterprises seeking to raise early-stage subsidized capital and envision how it fits into their longer-range plans for sustainability. This panel will bring together practitioners from the non-profit space to discuss some of the successes and challenges of the blended finance approach. -CARE will describe their experience transitioning two traditional, donor-funded CARE projects into separate, independently operated social enterprises – JITA (Bangladesh) and LiveWell (Zambia) and the critical role that blended capital is playing in that transition. -Mercy Corps will discuss their Social Venture Fund, a seed and early stage impact investing fund launched in 2015. -World Vision will share learnings from the recently completed sale to a private donor-led group of a food marketing and processing company in Tanzania that will work alongside World Vision’s economic development programming. -Winrock will discuss their work with conservation finance investment funds to develop new financing mechanisms such as Environmental Impact Bonds, as well as their work on supply chains in partnership with the private sector. Each speaker will focus their comments on the implications and lessons learned for impact entrepreneurs seeking to create raise philanthropic capital or create a blended finance model. Finally, the moderator will provide a broad context for how international non-profits are engaging in impact investing garnered from a new report, "Shaping the Future: International NGOs in Impact Investing" (publication date: July 2016). Copies of the report will be made available to session attendees.
Blended Finance, Impact Investing, NGO, philanthropy, social enterprise
CARE: Dar Vanderbeck, Chief Innovation Officer or Francois Jung-Rozenfarb, Sr. Director, Social Enterprises Mercy Corps: Michael MacHarg or Scott Onder, both Sr. Advisors, Social Ventures Pact: Stephanie Marienau Turpin, Director, Social Enterprise Development (moderator) Winrock: Omer Imtiazuddin, Director, Blended Finance World Vision: Stuart Phillips, Board member, Quality Food Products/Great African Food Company; Chair, Economic Empowerment Campaign Committee, World Vision USA

One Response

  1. Cory Trenda says:

    Looks like a terrific topic and line-up!

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