Webinar recording - Philanthropy contribution to impact investing

Updated: Jun 18

Slides and recording from the 'Philanthropy contribution to impact investing' webinar hosted by the Impact Investing Network (IIN) on 17 June 2021.


This webinar explored the following themes:

  • What is the difference between sustainable finance and impact investing in the Aotearoa NZ context?

  • What makes impact investing unique in Aotearoa NZ?

  • What is the relationship between philanthropy and impact investing?

  • Place-based investing: how can impact investing, through matching the context of place, people and culture, contribute to the housing solution?

  • What changes have you noticed in the development of the impact investing ecosystem?

  • What were the key takeaways from the Philanthropy New Zealand report Impact Investment in Action, funded by WEL Energy Trust?

  • What is needed to get started and change the mindset from granting to impact investing?

Here are some memorable insights shared at the webinar:

  • Accelerating meaningful change cannot be done with grantmaking alone. Impact investing adds to the funding toolbox.

  • Against every risk is an opportunity.

  • Philanthropy can seed and lead impact investing to encourage commercial and government capital to follow.

  • Cross-sector partnerships provide a higher chance of sustainable outcomes by working with people in the environment where you're trying to make a difference.

  • Increasing evidence that investments with an intention to have a positive social and/or environmental impact also deliver, equal to or better than market, financial returns.

  • Aotearoa NZ can lead impact investing through its unique advantages e.g. Te Ao Māori focus on intergenerational and community values, Community and Philanthropic Trusts focus on place-based investing, well-connected ecosystem, willingness to open-source knowledge.

  • Mindset shift has already started, we are now standing in front of the tidal wave of capital flowing to impact investments.

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