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Venture Philanthropy

Venture philanthropy works to build stronger investee organizations with a societal purpose (SPO’s) by providing them with both financial and non-financial support in order to increase their societal impact. In societal we include impact that may be social, environmental, medical or cultural. The venture philanthropy approaches include the use of the entire spectrum of financing instruments (grants, equity, debt, etc.), but pays particular attention to the ultimate objective of achieving societal impact. The key characteristics of venture philanthropy are as follows:

  • High-engagement; hands-on relationships between SPO management and venture philanthropists,
  • Organizational capacity building; building the operational capacity of portfolio organizations, by funding core operating costs rather than individual projects,
  • Tailored financing; using a range of financing mechanisms tailored to the needs of the supported organization,
  • Non-financial support; providing value-added service such as strategic planning to strengthen management,
  • Involvement of networks; enabling access to networks that provide various and often complementing skill-sets and resources to investees,
  • Multi-year support; supporting a limited number of organizations for 3-5 years, then exiting when organizations are financially or operationally sustainable,
  • Performance measurement; placing emphasis on good business planning, measurable outcomes, achievement of milestones and financial accountability and transparency.

Venture philanthropists focus on a broad spectrum of organizations. They are not only involved with charities whose existence depends on donations and subsidies, and they are not only involved with non-profit organizations. They also invest in organizations that generate revenue.

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Case Studies

Andere Handen Community

Andere Handen Community

Het werk in de zorg verandert snel door de toepassing van technologie en social media en de toenemende nadruk op zelfregie en samenredzaamheid. Andere Handen Community faciliteert een web-based ontmoetingsplek waar zorgwerkers worden geactiveerd en gestimuleerd zichzelf te ontwikkelen. Dit gebeurt door de gebruikmaking van discussies, experts, kennis, innovaties, tips en ervaringen aan te bieden. Voor onze opdrachtgever hebben we de investering geanalyseerd, due diligence en structurering uitgevoerd en begeleiden we de sociale onderneming.

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MemorieCare

MemorieCare

Dementie en Alzheimer tasten de kwaliteit van leven zwaar aan; cliënten raken geïsoleerd, rusteloos en agressief. Het herstellen van het contact tussen patiënten, familie en zorgverlener zal het sociaal isolement en de mate van agressie verminderen. MemorieCare ontwikkelt en verkoopt diverse producten die het contact met dementie- en alzeheimer patiënten herstellen. Voor onze opdrachtgever hebben we de investering geanalyseerd, due diligence en structurering uitgevoerd en begeleiden we deze sociale onderneming.

Into D'mentia

Into D'mentia

A simulation training to bring caregivers and care professionals into the perception of persons with alzheimers or dementia. Into D’mentia offers a  lifelike experience. When you experienced how it is to live with dementia, you will understand better, show more understanding, offer better care, and feel the care as less burdensome….

For our client we structured the investment and provide a coaching role for the social enterprise.

Het Paradijs

Het Paradijs

This Dutch care farm caters for children with ADHD and their parents.

We represent our client as a member of the board of this organisation.Furthermore, amongst many other activities, we have carried out analysis with regard to social return on investment and we have contributed to the efforts to structure the business as a social interest organisation.

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