Authored by Peter Shergold, Cheryl Kernot, Les Hems, in partnership with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, JBWere, Macquarie Group, The Young Foundation
Traditional ways of funding not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) to deliver programs that address complex social problems are struggling to keep up with demand.
Despite record high levels of government funding for NFPs, there is still a significant level of unmet need and new approaches to funding NFPs are being explored. There is increasing international interest in the potential of one particular type of social finance – social impact bonds (SIBs). SIBs, it should be emphasised, are not a panacea. Their use should complement existing modes used to fund community benefit goals.
In this report, the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has addressed two key questions:
To answer these questions CSI has held detailed discussions with and considered the perspectives of NFPs, social investors/philanthropists and government agencies. The overarching conclusions are that CSI believes that the SIB concept is feasible and NSW does have the necessary ingredients, although there is much work to be done to deliver a SIB pilot.