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Social Finance for Calgary

 

Written by Thrive

 

What is the return on your investments? The value of an investment is typically looked at from a purely financial perspective with the social return often overlooked or not considered at all. Social Finance has been around for a number of years, but it is quickly gaining traction as it has the potential to solve some of society’s social and environmental challenges while generating a financial return. Investment options to date have existed for only the for-profit sector. Social finance options offer both for-profits and non-profits access to needed funds and can provide investors with the option to invest in work that improves society and generates a positive financial return.

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Money for Good

Social Finance Opportunities for Calgary

Social finance has historical roots but is becoming increasingly relevant in our current economic climate. Across Canada, innovative ways of mobilizing money for social good are being explored.

 How do we prepare Calgary to be able to leverage social finance tools?

 Join Adam Jagelewski, Manager of Social Finance at Social Innovation Generation, as he introduces Calgary to:

  • Social finance and impact investing,
  • Cross-sectoral approaches to advancing social finance mechanisms, and
  • Social finance tools, such as Social Impact Bonds, as a way of mobilizing money for poverty reduction.

Where: Kahanoff Conference Centre, Room 201 (1202 Centre Street SE)

When: October 27, 2011

8:30 – Arrival

9:00 – Adam Jagelewski on social finance, impact investing & social impact bonds

10:00 – Michele Fugiel Gartner on social enterprise & social finance opportunities in Calgary

11:00 – Discussion

This event is free, but registration is required. Register here.

* A light continental breakfast will be served

 

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