New Canadian Report on Mobilizing Private Capital

New Canadian Report on Mobilizing Private Capital

MaRS’ Centre for Impact Investing has just published “Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada,”  a report by Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8’s Social Impact Investment Taskforce. The report notes that “Impact investing in Canada is on the rise, but it will require leadership from governments, foundations, pension funds, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations (NPOs) and others to reach its full potential.” Key recommendations include the following: Enable impact investment and social entrepreneurship in the charitable and non-profit sector, in particular by updating the Income Tax Act and related guidance, which have not kept pace with these trends. Establish an impact investing matching program, paired with appropriate incentives such as credit enhancements, guarantees and tax advantages, which have been used to good effect to attract investment to other markets in support of public policy priorities. Establish an outcomes payment fund, specifying maximum prices that the government will pay for certain outcomes, allowing the market to respond with innovative solutions. Social service providers, in turn, can gain access to impact investment capital based on the government’s commitment to pay when outcomes are...

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Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Best Practices – Policies to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Nancy Wasserman of Sleeping Lion Consulting collaborated with Chris Neme of Energy Futures Group to create a summary of the most effective policies than can be adopted by local to national governments to promote energy efficiency.  The Manual, published by the Regulatory Assistance Program identifies foundational mechanisms, implementation mechanisms, and supporting mechanisms. The foundational mechanisms include Integrated Resource Planning, standards, and market design, while the supporting and pricing mechanisms feature structures for programs, funding, information and labeling, tax policy, R&D and training. The paper describes how each policy mechanism operates, assesses its likely effectiveness, and identifies best practices. The paper also identifies jurisdictions that have successfully applied the policies...

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Mobilizing Capital to Transform a State’s Energy/Economy

Mobilizing Capital to Transform a State’s Energy/Economy

Sleeping Lion collaborated with Catalyst Financial Group to prepare a guidance document (2MB) outlining the financial requirements for how Vermont can achieve 80% renewable energy by 2030.  The document was prepared for the Energy Action Network (EAN), an active network of nonprofit, business and government leaders working to transform Vermont’s energy economy by focusing on capital mobilization, technological innovation, regulatory reform and public engagement.  The guidance document has helped to inform policy and finance players and was followed by a Clean Energy Finance...

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Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Resource for Foundations – Mission Investors Exchange

Great Tools for Foundations interested in Impact Investing A member organization and web site offering great resources for foundations and other charitable funders (generally US-based) thinking about mission-related, program-related or impact investments. Publisher of the Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing, now used across the...

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Nonprofit Finances Book for Boards

Nonprofit Finances Book for Boards

Financial planning and budgeting combine all the money taboos with that common disorder, math phobia.With The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, co-authors Andy Robinson and  Nancy Wasserman help trustees (and their staff colleagues) confront and address this fear – with wisdom, clarity, humor, and humility. The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide To Nonprofit Finances Buy it! directly from our publisher – Emerson and Church – where you can get deep discounts for bulk orders – buy one for each of your board members. At Amazon US At Amazon Canada   Reviews “This book is as advertised. User friendly. Efficient. Truly informative. If I’d only thought of writing it first…” Churchill Hindes, Visiting Nurses Association, www.vnacares.org   “Filled with relevant and interesting real life scenarios. I appreciated the metaphors and analogies that bridge the gap between intimidating terms and every day experiences.” Guadalupe Guajardo, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, www.nonprofitoregon.org   “There are definitely parts of this book that will become part of my board orientation manual for new board members!” Judy Levine, Cause Effective,...

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