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Webinar recording - Philanthropy's contribution to impact investing

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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