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When Philanthropy Meets Innovative Finance: Opportunities for Foundations in Gender Lens Investing

July 16, 2018

Innovative finance is emerging as a powerful tool for harnessing private sector capital to advance gender equality and women's empowerment but remains limited in its scale to date due to challenges inherent in innovation. Philanthropic actors can help overcome these barriers and play a catalytic role in enabling innovative finance to reach its true potential in creating gendered impact. Using three case studies of innovative financial mechanisms that are applying a gender lens across Asia, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) illustrates how innovative finance can create gendered impact and how philanthropic actors can use their resources to support the development of such funding mechanisms.

Measuring Civil Society and Volunteering

September 25, 2007

Initial findings from implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions. Includes data on nonprofit growth, sources of nonprofit revenue, and nonprofit contribution to GDP.

Building and Managing Endowments: Lessons from Southeast Asia

January 1, 2003

This paper provides an analysis of the experiences of four organizations in Southeast Asia (three in the Philippines, one in Indonesia) in creating, building, and managing endowments as mechanisms for their financial sustainability. However, it does not intend to compare and assess the performance of the four foundations' endowments. It describes the concept of endowments and draws conclusion about managed endowments, by comparing the four organizations and the differences between funding by grants and funding by managed endowments.