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GIIF - Global Impact Investing Foundation

The mission of the Global Impact Investing Foundation, based in Vienna, is to promote and foster the growing field of impact investing by developing appropriate partnerships, networks, market structures and tools to enable and exhibit solutions to urban and global challenges.

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The activities of the Global Impact Investing Foundation are widespread. It offers a global industry know-how database, uniting information from various sources all over the industry and ranging from books and press articles to reports and events as well as focused studies executed by the foundation itself.

A global impact investing platform (GIIVX) serves as market place where impact investors and entrepreneurs offering projects with specific and measureable impact can link up and co-operate.

An innovative impact measurement tool is being developed by a research team from international scientific organisations and will take the industry to the next level.

Tools and training for both investors and entrepreneurs will help the participants to improve the industry, and regular top events will bring together peers and interested groups for personal exchange, supported by focused campaigns to attract additional players to the industry.

Team

Alon Sklarek

Alon Shklarek

President

Richard Vrzal

Richard Vrzal

Managing Director

Richard Loibl

Richard Loibl

Technical Director & Communications

Dominic Curtis

Dominic Curtis

Financial Advisory

Jenny Kuhn

Jenny Kuhn

Tools & Training

Ursula Oberhollenzer

Ursula Oberhollenzer

Impact Measurement & Head of Scientific Research Team

Emil Diaconu

Emil Diaconu

Project Management / Global Impact Investing Conference

Sabine Müller

Sabine Müller

Senior Advisor

Isabell Bitschnau

Isabell Bitschnau

Public Affairs

Ulrike Berthold

Ulrike Berthold

Head of Auditing

Partners

In order to realise its vision, the Global Impact Investing Foundation is partnering with GIIVX and Social City Vienna. These partners provide high-level networks as well as in-depth know-how in the fields of impact investing and social innovation.

Social City Wien

Social City Wien

Activities

The Global Impact Investing Foundation aims to develop the worldwide impact investing sector through a wide range of activities in close strategic partnership with GIIVX.

Strategic partnership with GIIVX

The mission of GIIVX is to play an intermediary role, bringing together impact investors looking for projects to invest in and entrepreneurs showcasing their projects for funding. In the first phase, impact is linked to the support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Impact investors are a diverse bunch, but they are united by a powerful force: a desire to meet the dual goal of achieving a financial return while generating significant social and environmental returns.” Judith Rodin (President of the Rockefeller Foundation) & Margot Brandenburg (Fellow at Nathan Cummings Foundation), authors of “The Power of Impact Investing”, Wharton press.

The range of services for impact investors include a marketplace with impact projects, validation of the project information, a members area for investors and entrepreneurs to connect and negotiate as well as a wide range of industry information and peer group networking possibilities.

Details on www.giivx.com

Information fostering within the industry

The Global Impact Investing Foundation (GIIF) provides a global knowledge database, containing sector-relevant information from various sources and in multiple formats. It ranges from books and press articles to studies issued by experts in the field and/or practitioners. Thus, interested peers from all over the world get access to the most important information on impact investing in one place.

Additionally, the GIIF issues in-house studies on a regular basis. The focus is on industry development, trends and future developments. In addition, experts will be interviewed for their personal insights.

In order to support the activities of GIIF and GIIVX, the GIIF will launch campaigns to take the industry to new heights and attract a wide range of potential investors as well as entrepreneurs/projects.

Yearly global conference in Vienna

In close cooperation with its strategic partner GIIVX, the Global Impact Investing Foundation (GIIF) will hold yearly conferences on Impact Investing in Vienna. The first one will take place in November 2017.

Impact Measurement

Given the fact that there is no global impact investing measurement standard yet, the Global Impact Investing Foundation (GIIF) in close cooperation with GIIVX is supporting the development of a new standard by experts in the field to be presented at the conference in November 2017.

Impact Investors require some kind of metrics for impact assessment as well as assigning labels to companies, providing a good indication of commitment to social and/or ecological issues. It is necessary to distinguish intent from actions taken and some form of measurement of impact for both financial outcomes and impact to their investment decisions.

The OECD stresses that measurement should only be applied if and to the extent that it influences the decision-making process. Also, the cost of measurement should not exceed the significance of the impact. The most comprehensive but also challenging approach to impact measurement needs formal evaluation that is suitable for transformation of impact into value.

According to the Social Impact Investing Taskforce of the G8, impact measurement needs to help impact organisations manage performance, learn, improve outcomes, and hold themselves accountable to their target group.

Three emerging external trends will shape the development of impact measurement in the near future: market convergence, financial quantification, and unforeseen external impacts.

Tools & Training

The Global Impact Investing Foundation (GIIF) provides specialised training for both investors and entrepreneurs in order to deliver a deeper understanding of the industry. This will lead to better cooperation between the parties involved, a larger impact investment universe, and better impact results.

Advisory Services

The Global Impact Investing Foundation (GIIF) in close cooperation with GIIVX will be assisting investors and entrepreneurs by providing advice in areas such as which financial instruments and legal structures are most suitable to realise their goals for sustainable and effective impact investments.

News

GIIF participates in conference on the role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Reducing Social Exclusion

As part of a diverse group of stakeholders working to address social exclusion, GIIF will be presenting in Budapest on 1 June. The conference is being organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in cooperation with the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary. GIIF will be participating in the panel entitled: “Sources of funding for social enterprises and inclusive businesses, including impact investment”.

https://www.unido.org/news-centre/events/event-calendar.html

GIIF talks impact investing at Clean Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day

GIIF will participate in the GCIP clean technology event on 9 May, a side-event of the Vienna Energy Week:

https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/content/clean-technology-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-day-unidogef-global-cleantech-innovation

GIIF will provide some insights into impact investing and preview the GIIVX transaction platform.

GIIF participates in ICON Vienna

On April 27th, 2017, ICON Vienna is hosting the 13th business and investment forum with distinguished panels and guests. GIIF has contributed an article calling for increased impact investment.

http://www.giivx.com/industry-know-how/post/impact-investing-2.html

GIIF Press Conference | Vienna, 23 November 2016

Bundeskanzler Christian Kern and UNIDO General Director LI Yong have signed a Joint Declaration stating their support for impact investment.

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Bill Gates’ first investment into an impact fund, India’s Unitus Seed, is expected to boost the early-stage impact funding sector and drive more philanthropists to fund scalable and profitable social enterprises to serve the world’s poorer millions.

“It is an idea whose time has come, Bill Gates’ investment is a vote of confidence for impact investing,” said Ravi Venkatesan, venture partner at Unitus Seed. “In a country like ours with huge social needs, it is very important to look beyond the government, corporate sector funding or non-profits to fix things.”

Forbes Asia, November 2014

„The world is on the brink of a revolution in how we solve society’s toughest problems. The force capable of driving this revolution is (social) impact investing, which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to power social improvement.”

Social Impact Investing Taskforce, 2014.

“It is urgent that governments throughout the world commit themselves to developing an international framework capable of promoting a market of high impact investments and thus combating an economy which excludes and discards.”

Pope Francis, June 2014

“Impact investors are a diverse bunch, but they are united by a powerful force: a desire to meet the dual goal of achieving a financial return while generating significant social and environmental returns.”

Judith Rodin (President of the Rockefeller Foundation) & Margot Brandenburg (Fellow at Nathan Cummings Foundation), authors of “The Power of Impact Investing”, Wharton press.

"We live in a dynamic era of innovation, change and new ways of thinking that could push our society in promising directions. As an investor, you can participate in this change; you have it in your power to contribute to a movement that is potentially transformative and overwhelmingly positive. This is the promise of impact investing."

Judith Rodin (President of the Rockefeller Foundation) & Margot Brandenburg (Fellow at Nathan Cummings Foundation), authors of "The Power of Impact Investing", Wharton press.

"The financial crash of 2008 highlighted the need for a renewed effort to ensure that finance helps build a healthy society. This required a paradigm shift in capital market thinking, from two dimensions to three. By bringing a third dimension, impact, to the 20th century capital market dimensions of risk and return, impact investing has the potential to transform our ability to build a better society for all."

Social Impact Investing Taskforce, 2014.

“Members of the millennial generation that is entering the workforce today want their work to have a purpose beyond merely making money, whilst older generations too are ever less willing to settle for a compartmentalisation of how they earn a living and how they want the world to be.”

Social Impact Investing Taskforce, 2014.

“There has been a steady increase in the number of social sector organisations that raise revenue through government contracts or by charging for services or products they supply. Equally remarkable is the number of entrepreneurial start-ups emerging that have social mission at the heart of their organisation and the variety of business models they use.”

Social Impact Investing Taskforce, 2014.

Contact

GIIF - Global Impact Investing Foundation

Sachsenplatz 4-6/2
A-1200 Wien
contact@giif.org

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GIIF - Global Impact Investing Foundation
Verein zur Förderung des Impact Investings
Sachsenplatz 4-6/2
A-1200 Wien

President:
Alon Shklarek

Managing Director:
Richard Vrzal

Contact:
contact@giif.org

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