Social Impact Investment & Social Lending Introduction

Social Impact Investment & Social Lending Introduction

Stuart Sweeney

35 years: Risk management & social finance

Social investment is the use of money to achieve both a social and financial return. In this video, Stuart provides an introduction to social investment, explaining what it is, the difference between loans and grants and how charities sustain loans.

Social investment is the use of money to achieve both a social and financial return. In this video, Stuart provides an introduction to social investment, explaining what it is, the difference between loans and grants and how charities sustain loans.

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Social Impact Investment & Social Lending Introduction

15 mins 29 secs

Overview

Social investment seeks to achieve a social and financial return. The financial return is measured using a conventional approach. Social impact is added to that financial return to allow an overall comparison with the risk incurred. Social investment is an attractive source of funding for social organisations that struggle to access finance from banks due to their lack of assets that can be secured. It comes with many standard and bespoke formats.

Key learning objectives:

  • Define some core social investment products

  • Understand the concept of social investment

  • Describe some of the different types of social lending

  • Identify some of the key challenges of lending to charities

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Stuart Sweeney

Stuart Sweeney

Stuart spent 23 years working on the fixed income side of finance, in London and New York. He covered bonds, derivatives and leveraged finance. Stuart also worked as a university teacher and researcher publishing books and articles on economic and political history. He moved into social investment two years ago.

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