Social Finance is a national impact finance and advisory nonprofit. We work with the public, private, and social sectors to build innovative partnerships and investments that measurably improve lives.
Social Finance is an unusual nonprofit working at the intersection of finance and policy. We are driven by the belief that social and economic systems should enable all people to thrive, and the conviction that we can create the most meaningful and measurable change in our communities when governments and markets work together. We continually challenge ourselves and our partners to use funding and data in innovative ways to achieve the greatest impact. Tracy Palandjian, Sir Ronald Cohen, and David Blood founded Social Finance US in Boston in 2011. Today, we have more than 120 team members, with offices in Austin, Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
(1) Impact Investing – Social Finance develops and manages innovative, impact-first investment products that generate positive outcomes for people and communities. The financial instruments we deploy are structured such that financial returns are dependent on measurable social outcomes. Since our founding in 2011, we have mobilized $350 million in capital designed to improve lives through investments in education, health, housing, and more.
(2) Public Sector Solutions – Governments today manage substantial funding and policy levers addressing the most critical issues in our country. At Social Finance, we are committed to helping governments maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars to deliver better outcomes and deploy resources where they’re most needed. Since 2014, we have worked with more than 80 state, county, and city governments to generate measurable, data-driven impact.
(3) Corporate Impact Solutions – Social Finance helps companies adopt social impact strategies that create business value and positive social outcomes. Building on our 12+ years of expertise in impact-first investing, we partner with corporations to improve talent acquisition and retention, build impact investment portfolios, act on their DEI commitments, and allocate limited HR/CSR dollars in a more sustainable way.
(4) Social Finance Institute – At Social Finance, we aspire to realign markets and systems around outcomes. To scale this vision, we will launch the Social Finance Institute: a field-building effort equipping leaders with actionable tools to pursue impact. Through the Institute, we aim to expand our reach and build an ecosystem of outcomes-based practice far beyond the scope of our direct efforts.