From Giving to Impact Investing

By Shawn Landres

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2011

The author describes how the philanthropic paradigm that funded the organized Jewish community for much of the 20th century (federated giving and allocation platforms) is in terminal crisis. While the traditional Jewish nonprofit economy is reacting to these seismic shifts, a new sector dedicated to public benefit is flourishing in North America and around the globe. This "impact economy" encompasses social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social business, and impact investing, and it does not focus purely on profit or social benefit. Instead, the impact economy combines multiple bottom lines: financial returns, social gains, environmental benefits, and economic development.

Topic: NGOs, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Business, Finance, Nonprofits, Fundraising and Philanthropy

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.683

Page Number(s): 10-1

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Landres, Shawn. From Giving to Impact Investing. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. October 2011: 10-1.


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