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Philanthropy and Social Investing: Blueprint 2010 [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Bernholz
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Book Description

Philanthropy, social investing, and the social sector are rapidly
changing. This monograph, Philanthropy and Social Investing:
Blueprint 2010, provides an overview of the current landscape,
points to major trends, identifies meaningful innovations, and
directs your attention to corners where we can expect some
important breakthroughs in the coming year.
Why is it called a blueprint?
A blueprint is a guide for things to come as well as a storage
device for decisions already made. It is grounded in professional
wisdom and personal interests. Good blueprints, like good
buildings, fit their environment, reflect a thoughtful regard for
resources, are carefully engineered and aesthetically pleasing,
functional and intriguing. Blueprints guide the work of masters
and are informed by those who know their crafts, they can and
must be adjusted as the work proceeds, and they offer a start-
ing point for future improvements. Good blueprints require a
commitment to learn from place, to listen to those for whom
they are drawn, and to use a common grammar to communi-
cate the results of countless sketches and discarded first drafts.
Blueprints are perfect metaphors for philanthropic planning.
This document will help you plan for the coming year.

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  • File Size: 59 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Blueprint Research & Design, Inc. (December 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038M2ZUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of a fast-changing field March 14, 2010
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Lucy Bernholz is a blogger with a Stanford Ph.D. who has been consulting with foundations about program research and design or otherwise working in the foundation sector for two decades. In this brief monograph,published online by the Stanford Social Innovation Review and available for the Amazon Kindle and as a PDF, she examines the wide and fast-proliferating options available to philanthropists and socially minded investors today -- and offers guarded predictions about the future course of several key present-day trends in this field. Bernholz does a masterful job of covering the waterfront, scanning every new development from the B Corporations and L3Cs on the frontiers of Triple-Bottom-Line business in the U.S. to the social capital exchanges coming into being in Brazil, South Africa, and England. She leaves no stones unturned.

Bernholz identifies three high-potential trends as likely keys to the future financial undercarriage of the social sector: impact investing, hybrid organizational structures, and new platforms for information. These seem as good a set of choices as any. Impact investors, in Bernholz's view, are "funders focused on using investment funds as well as grant dollars to pursue their goals." Hybrid organizational structures "bring together familiar business practices -- such as earned revenue or return on investments -- with the mission and purposes usually associated with the social sector." In this category, she singles out B Corporations (for-profit companies dedicated to public benefit) and L3Cs (low-profit, limited liability companies) for special attention.
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