What is the benefit of participating in the mapping process to me or my social impact company or organization?
By participating in the mapping project, you will be formally recognized in the Georgia social impact ecosystem and will be helping leaders and other social impact practitioners know about your work in this market. This can lead to new relationships, access to new financial resources or investment opportunities, and new avenues of non-financial support. This is the first step in becoming a part of the growing social impact community in Georgia.
When you say “impact investing” or “investing for social impact”, what does that mean? What types of impact?
While all investments have an environmental or social impact of some type, we are talking about the intentional practice of investing capital to achieve a specific social outcome that also includes a return on capital. The range of social outcomes, or impact areas, include any societal challenge or environmental issue that our community faces. Example impact areas include education, healthcare, income inequality, the environment, affordable housing, workforce development, food security, etc. Common examples of impact investing include funding a school renovation, building new affordable housing or loans to purchase solar panels; seed funding a new edtech software company, investing in social impact bonds (or pay-for-success contracts) or guaranteeing a loan for a nonprofit; investing in socially responsible mutual funds or sustainable forest land; bridge funding a capital campaign for an arts center or funding water conservation facilities.
What if I am unfamiliar with some of the key terms used in the questionnaire?
You can download the GSIC Key Terms and Definitions document. You may wish to do this prior to starting the questionnaire
How can I get more involved with the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative?
Please use the contact form on this website if you would like to become more involved in the project.