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Posted by: Mark Kramer on 3/19/2012

What’s in a Name?

In the case of “Collective Impact,” apparently a lot.

Last year, FSG coined the term “Collective Impact” in an eponymous Stanford Social Innovation Review article that described its five key practices. These highly structured practices enable broad cross sector coalitions of funders, nonprofits, companies and government agencies to work together effectively to make progress on large scale social problems.

Posted by: Mark Kramer on 11/15/2011

Interest in impact investing has taken off in the last year, reaching a whole new level. Among all this good news, however, are we losing sight of the full range of impact investing tools available?

Consider two recent examples: UBS is raising a $100-250 million impact investing fund among its high-net-worth non-US clients to invest in SMEs in developing countries. The Fund will report back to investors – and reward fund managers – based on social impacts as well as financial returns. UBS anticipates that every dollar invested will generate $13 in multiplier effects that benefit local communities.

Posted by: Mark Kramer on 12/1/2010

The challenges of developing FSG’s new website helped crystallize who we are. We’ve always struggled to explain the different worlds we bridge: philanthropic strategy, corporate responsibility, evaluation, nonprofit management, community foundation operations, social entrepreneurship, economic development, education reform, global health . . . the list goes on and on. The website forced us to distill what we are all about: finding better ways to solve social problems.

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