Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) represent a new and particularly disruptive form of social service privatization that bears resemblance to the introduction of public private partnerships for the development of hard infrastructure. Social impact bonds pose a major risk to the preservation of valuable public services. Based on this detailed critique, unions and non-profit organizations involved in the delivery of services to people must oppose them. ·
While energy around social impact bonds continues to build in places like Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., Enterprising Non-profits Canada team manager David LePage is calling for clarity and more expansive thinking. ·
However, the nature of philanthropy is also changing, according to Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, the $4bn (£2.6bn) -endowment charity founded by John D Rockefeller in 1913.
“There simply isn’t enough money in philanthropy and in governments and development aid to solve all the problems in the world effectively,” she says.
“So we’ve been looking at ways to unlock private capital and the innovation and the energy of the capital markets towards a social purpose.
“We started to see a number of very wealthy younger investors who were saying that they didn’t want to do their philanthropy with the right hand and their investing with their left hand. ·