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Four Revolutions in Global Philanthropy

January 1, 2011

Philanthropy is currently undergoing four revolutions in parallel. This paper identifies and analyzes the four main fault lines which will influence the next decades of global philanthropy. All are related to what we can refer to as the market revolution in global philanthropy. As global philanthropy moves beyond grantmaking, into investment approaches that produce a social as well as a financial return, this accelerates the mainstreaming of a variety of niche activities. They marry effectiveness, social impact, and market mechanisms.

Understanding the True Potential of Hybrid Financing Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs

January 1, 2011

To get a practical sense of the true potential of hybrid financing strategies for social entrepreneurs, this study develops an evidence-based framework that is based on the empirical analysis of the financing approach of a number of widely recognized social entrepreneurs. We argue that the potential is significant but varies according to the subset of social entrepreneurs. Moreover, social entrepreneurs in general are well advised to derive the appropriate financing strategies for the expansion of their ventures from the first principles inherent in their business models rather than market enthusiasm. The true potential of hybrid financing strategies is significant. To fulfill the great expectations raised in the impact investing community, we need to pay close attention to the proper calibration of financing tools.

Engaged Philanthropy and Market-Based Solutions

January 1, 2008

This paper reviews the status of market-based solutions in philanthropy/social investment. The paper discusses the following topics: the inefficient market hypothesis, new allocation opportunities, limited-life philanthropy, risk-adjusted financial returns, aligning investment and mission and engaged philanthropy.

Why Engage the Public Sector and How?

January 1, 2006

This article, co-authored by Maximilian Martin, Global Head, UBS Philanthropy Services, and Greg Hills explores different ways in which foundations can interact with governments in order to achieve social impact. By the nature of the scale and authority of government institutions, changes in the formulation or execution of public policy can contribute to widespread social benefit and systemic change. Many people feel that foundations are well-positioned to influence these changes in public policy, and this article investigates different approaches that foundations can take in order to achieve this change.