The Impact of Social Investment

anthony s casey singapore philanthropySocial investment is about investing in people. Social investing involves policies in communities, designed to strengthen skills and support them to participate in employment and social life. Policy areas vary from education, health care, quality childcare, training, disaster rehabilitation and job-search assistance

The question for social investors of starts with how can you make the world a better place?

Understand the needs of others.  Open yourself up to critique and listen to advice from those affected by the issue.  Understanding is a process that requires us to orient our ideas toward appropriate intervention.

Social investing can come in many forms. While altruism and guilt seem to be the prime motivator for investing in social issues, making an impact has started to surface as a third form of motivation with expectations of market-rate returns for social investments.

 

Social investors are driven by the aspiration to build something positive rather than the desire to fix existing liabilities and weaknesses.

Social investment is repayable finance that creates both social and financial returns. It is provided to charities, social enterprises and socially motivated businesses. Investors expect to get their money back (often with interest) and expect the finance to have created identifiable social impact. Social investment is not a grant or a donation. This group of aspirational investors typically use a value-based investment to build and manage their portfolio. Portfolio managers conduct all of their activities from selection and due diligence to impact assessment.

Faith, Gender and the Environment

In the faith-based investment category, a strong focus on human dignity and stewardship of the environment from the lens of charity. The focus is on projects that help the poor or less fortunate. These investments exclude industries such as tobacco, alcohol, and gambling. Gender investment benefits women who are otherwise overshadowed. Investing provides more equal opportunities, better access to the labour market and thus better social protection.

Social Investing solutions aim to provide great value to the world, beyond fiscal greed. The greatest value is achieved when social goals are at the forefront of the business strategy. There is a clear desire of investors to earn a stable return, all while achieving social impact.

 

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Making Australian Wishes Come True for Singapore’s Children

Amber’s Story

Make-a-Wish Granters Eugene, Anthea & Arthur recently made one little girl’s dream come alive.

Amber is special. Unlike most children her age, she is not obsessed with Disney movies and characters like Ella from Frozen. Amber does not even watch that much television. What Amber does enjoy is the sheer wonder of spending time with animals. She follows her dog, a small Dachshund, all over the house. She loves “masak masak” – playing with toy kitchen tools and food, and also, drawing.

Amber’s wish was to venture to Australia. With a range of outdoor activities, it is the perfect destination to explore and make friends with farm animals.

To prepare for her trip, Amber asked to watch videos of airplanes on YouTube. She also excitedly went around announcing to others that she would be soon traveling to Australia.

She spent a leg of the trip in Brisbane. She experience a relaxing drive to a quaint farm. Here, she rode many ponies. She even got to help the farmer with his chickens! Much to her parents’ delight and amazement, Amber was quite a natural at catching chickens!

Amber visited Sea World at the Gold Coast and braved big, scary rides. She stayed at a huge apartment, where she loved its airy, beach view.

For the nature lover, this was truly a trip to remember.

Amber was referred to the Make-a-Wish Foundation by the Children’s Cancer Foundation at the National University Hospital (NUH).

Read more stories at makeawish.org.sg

 

Fundraising for Make a Wish Singapore

 

The Ngee Ann Business Studies Fundraiser recently combined their knack for business with passion for social change.

Instead of finalizing up their graduating year with merriment, they dedicated their efforts to something with purpose. They wanted to contribute to society.  By organizing the first ever Business Studies shirt sales, where all net earnings of $802 were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they helped grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The course-wide event brought the students closer as a team. Ultimately, it ignited a spirit of giving that will last through their entire careers.

 

 

 

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The 13th annual charity golf fundraiser will be held April 21, 2016 at Sentosa Golf Course, Serapong Course, presented by Marina Bay Sands.  Come to play and support!

Dance Spectrum International: Singapore

 

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How can we afford young people with developmental disabilities the same opportunities and experiences as their peers? The Autism Research Centre of Singapore helps educate people about autism and dedicates to serve individuals in the country with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The charity was established in 2000 and has since become the leader not only in fundraising, but implementing real change for individuals who need assistance asserting independence in their lives. The Pathlight School is one of their primary resources that offers both mainstream academics and essential life skills for students with autism.  Additionally, they host many events and fundraising opportunities to contribute to their efforts.

The Dance Spectrum International is one of these events that is essential to the Autism Research Center. It offers a life-changing experience for many of these young people.

Dance Spectrum International has become an annual tradition. In past years, dancers have performed acts titled such as “Christmas isn’t Christmas until..” This performance raised $132,602 toward supporting the Pathlight School Building Fund.

The most recent performance was help on December 4th, hosted at the Republic Cultural Centre. At this beautiful cultural landmark,  Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng in the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Guest Member and Ms Irene Ng attended the “Concert of Hope” in support of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

 

For more on the Autism research center, and to see how you can contribute, please see Autism.org.sg.