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Enhancing Reporting

ENHANCING REPORTING A growing importance has been placed on organizations, by the public, to report above and beyond the financial status of the organization. Stakeholders expect enhanced reporting practices as they want to be actively communicated with, regarding the community investment activities. Increasingly, organizations are releasing annual community investment or corporate social responsibility reports to…

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Community Partner

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A COMMUNITY PARTNER Trends indicate that companies with community investment programs are interested in partnering with community based organizations and institutions. By working with community partners, companies are able to directly benefit communities, while also strengthening relationships with their customers and employees. For effective long-term partnerships, it is important for…

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Collecting Data From Children

COLLECTING DATA FROM CHILDREN I’ve now accumulated some experience leading SiMPACT SROI evaluation projects that involve children under 13 years old. The youngest members of some social programs with which I’ve done an SROI for have been five or six years old. The SROI framework encourages highly participatory, stakeholder-informed contributions to the evaluation, from the…

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Keeping Employees Engaged

KEEPING EMPLOYEES ENGAGED! Employee engagement is a recurring theme in many blog and newspaper articles. Engaged employees typically feel that they are respected, integral member of their teams, and important to the success of the organization as a whole. Not surprisingly, these employees are more likely to remain committed to their organizations. A study summarized…

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Standard of Practice

BUILDING STANDARD OF PRACTICE IN SROI In November 2014, the Social Return on Investment (SROI) International Network merged with Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) to form Social Value International (SVI). This is an exciting development as the two organizations had strong visions of putting social value on the agendas of government, corporate, and social profit…

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Value of Community Investment

HOW CAN YOU UNLOCK THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT? DEFINE IT. KPMG’s recent report Unlocking the value of social investment states that companies around the world have no trouble reporting on community investment inputs and outputs, but reporting on impact remains elusive. Many challenges to impact reporting are listed, ones that we have all encountered in our…

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Auditing Community Investment

IMPORTANCE OF AUDITING COMMUNITY INVESTMENT A recent blog post on Corporate Citizenship,  Benchmarking Blunders,  is a great reminder on the importance and benefits of using audited data when comparing community investment, employee giving and employee volunteering programs. Auditing is a fundamental part of the LBG Canada process. At SiMPACT, we believe the annual audit underpins…

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SiMPACT Update

SiMPACT UPDATE SiMPACT’s work falls into three areas: broader community investment consulting, facilitating LBG Canada, and a diversified portfolio of consulting and training in SROI. News from SROI and Evaluation Team The SROI and evaluation team at SiMPACT has much on the go! Current projects range from individual analysis of Right to Play, Special Olympics,…

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION’S COMMUNITY CAPITAL FUND Over the past year SiMPACT has been working with the Ontario Trillium Foundation on a large-scale evaluation of its Community Capital Fund (CCF) program. The CCF was a three-year program designed to provide support for capital projects to revitalize community-based infrastructure, which helps Ontario’s non-profit organizations deliver important programs…

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Money Does Matter

MONEY DOES MATTER SiMPACT has recently been working with ABC Life Literacy to determine the social value of its Money Matters program through a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis. Money Matters is a free financial literacy and education savings program that is designed for adult learners and was created to raise financial literacy and…

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