Sage Nonprofit Survey on Social Enterprise and Impact

Sage Nonprofit Survey on Social Enterprise and Impact Investment
Reveals Low Awareness and Participation, Yet High Success Rates 
Subset of Sage Nonprofit Insights Grant Management Survey Gauged
Awareness and Participation in These New Domains 
IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 --  Sage North America today
released the results of its social enterprise and impact investment
survey. The survey was a subset of the recently conducted Sage
Nonprofit Insights grant management survey of U.S. and Canadian
nonprofit organizations. 
Social enterprises, organizations that seek to address social or
environmental issues while at the same time generating a profit, are
becoming more common.  
"We are seeing an increase in socially conscious organizations that
are weaving a commitment to people and the planet into their
missions," said Krista Endsley, senior vice president and general
manager of Sage Nonprofit Solutions. "The proliferation of social
enterprise programs is moving many organizations into what is called
a hybrid model of operation, where both a nonprofit and for-profit
entity coexist in order to accomplish a social or environmental
Impact investing, socially responsible investing that measures an
organization's performance in terms of three bottom lines: profit,
people and the planet, is an emerging industry and funding
opportunity for nonprofits. The questions asked in this survey were
used to gauge awareness and participation in social enterprise and
impact investment among nonprofits.  
The survey revealed that 32 percent of the respondents didn't know
whether or not their organization has partnered with a social
enterprise, while 17 percent either currently partner with a social
enterprise or plan to in the future. Those that are partnering or
collaborating with social enterprises are benefiting from the
relationship; 90 percent who have partnered or collaborated with
social enterprise, report the partnerships as "very" to "somewhat
There was also a low level of awareness and understanding of what
impact investment is among survey takers. 32 percent reported they
don't know whether or not their organization has sought impact
investment. 47 percent responded that they have not sought impact
investment funding, nor do they plan to, while slightly more, 48
percent, reported that their organization has sought or plans to seek
impact investment funding in the future. While the survey showed a
low level of awareness of impact investing, of the 11 percent of
organizations that sought impact investment funding, 91 percent
reported their organization was "very" to "somewhat successful" in
obtaining it. The most frequently identified areas that are a fit for
impact investment according to the organizations surveyed are "health
and human services," "community development" and "housing." 
This infographic and executive summary highlight key survey results.
The online survey was conducted among Sage nonprofit customers as
well as members of the Grant Professionals Association during May and
June of 2012 and had a total of 853 participants.  
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throughout North America for more than 30 years. The company helps
more than 32,000 unique not-for-profit organizations increase
efficiency and more easily manage their operations through the use of
technology. From fund accounting, donor and fundraising management,
and grant management to online donation processing, human resources
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