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Foundations engage with the Social Impact Bond (SIB) market in a number of ways, including grantmaking, investing, fostering partnerships, and advocacy and education. This research paper explores foundations’ engagement with the SIB market and the future of SIBs. The authors envision a market where cross-sector partnerships thrive and create meaningful social progress. This publication was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Omidyar Network, and The Pershing Square Foundation.
We hope that by collecting and sharing the experiences of various foundations and partners, this report will serve to accelerate the innovation and further development of SIBs for the benefit of the poor and vulnerable, and for the well-being of all humanity, throughout the world.Judith Rodin, The Rockefeller Foundation
Social Impact Bonds: The Early Years
This paper outlines the history of SIBs, highlights how they have developed so far, and speculates what the future holds.
A New Tool for Scaling Impact: How Social Impact Bonds Can Mobilize Private Capital to Advance Social Good
In September 2010, our sister organization, Social Finance, Ltd., launched the world’s first Social Impact Bond in the United Kingdom. Targeted at reducing prison recidivism, the Peterborough pilot generated world-wide interest in the potential of…
A Strong Field Framework for Social Impact Bonds
This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review explores the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Social Impact Bond field and highlights how the field can solidify Social Impact Bonds as a practical financial tool.