Venture philanthropy is an active approach to philanthropy, which involves giving skills as well as money. It uses the principles of venture capital, with the investee organisation receiving management support, specialist expertise and financial resources. The emphasis is on a social, rather than financial, return.
Most venture philanthropy organisations work closely with the charities or social enterprises they invest in for a defined period of time. Clear targets will be set, and most commonly the impact of the charity will be measured. The ultimate aim is for the charity or social enterprise to greatly increase its social impact.
Impetus Trust is the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK. Read about the Impetus model of venture philanthropy.
The leading European member association, the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) lists the four main characteristics of venture philanthropy as:
Picture right: Impetus social enterprise Blue Sky Development & Regeneration.
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