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Good News for Impact Investing in 2017 Budget

May 16th, 2017

Philanthropy Australia has welcomed initiatives intended to grow impact investing announced in the Australian Government’s 2017 Budget.

The Australian Government has committed $20.2 million over 10 years from 2017-18 to encourage the development of an impact investment market in Australia. The two initiatives provide:

  • $12.2 million over 10 years to partner with State and Territory Governments to trial impact investing initiatives; and
  • $8.0 million over 4 years to establish a Social Impact Investment Readiness Fund

Social Impact Investment Readiness Fund

Philanthropy Australia is particularly pleased with the proposal to establish a Social Impact Investment Readiness Fund.

There is growing demand for impact investment opportunities within philanthropy as philanthropic organisations seek to use their assets as well as their granting as a way to achieve social impact.

However there aren’t enough investment ready deals available for philanthropy to invest in – that’s why capacity building funding to assist organisations to become ‘impact investment ready’ is essential to grow the pipeline of impact investment opportunities.

Capacity building funding is used to obtain business, financial, legal and other advice and support in order to get an organisation to a stage where it can seek impact investment.

It is for this reason that the key recommendation in Philanthropy Australia’s submission earlier this year, in response to the Australian Treasury’s Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper, focused on providing funding for such capacity building.

It is pleasing that our advocacy, together with the advocacy of other stakeholders who have also raised this issue, has been effective.

Philanthropy Australia has already had discussions with Australian Government officials since the Budget announcement regarding the design of the Social Impact Investment Readiness Fund, and is looking forward to working with other stakeholders and the Australian Government as part of this process.

If Members have any questions about this announcement, they can contact our Advocacy & Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert, on (03) 9662 9299 or kseibert@philanthropy.org.au.

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