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A community model for dementia care gets backing from Australian pension fund

The Korongee village community in Tasmania will have 15 homes, a supermarket, cinema, and public spaces where residents can move freely and safely. The new model of care attracted $19 million from HESTA, Australia’s largest “superannuation,” or pension, fund, from its $30 million Social Impact Investment Trust. Australia has a shortage of facilities and services for

Christian Super charts a course for institutional impact investing

Christian Super is not stopping with its 10% allocation to impact investments, which is already impressive for an institutional investor. To the more than AU$100 million out of its $1.3 billion portfolio, the Australian pension fund has committed another $50 million. The kicker: the impact portfolio has exceeded performance benchmarks at a lower risk than other

World Vision Australia introduces endowment impact fund

World Vision Australia is introducing an endowment impact investing fund. The Australian division of the Christian humanitarian aid organization is “soft-launching” its fund, while it explores investment options. It is targeting institutional investors and may eventually cater to retail investors as well. World Vision will roll out products later this year, and is exploring grants, loans,

Queensland social impact bond to reunite foster children and their families

The Australian state of Queensland is raising A$6 million ($4.45 million) through its first social impact bond in order to help reconnect foster care children with their families. The program aims to get 560 children back in their family homes by providing support, including group and individual therapy, to parents. Investors will get paid based

Australia homelessness SIB beats $9 million funding deadline

Social Ventures Australia raised $9 million for a homelessness social impact bond just three weeks after its first investor pitch (The Brief, Feb. 16). Big backers include HESTA Super Fund, Future Super and the philanthropic arm of Coopers Brewery. It took Social Ventures Australia 17 months to tee up the project, which will house 600 of Adelaide’s

New Zealand overcomes obstacles to launch first social impact bond

New Zealand has overcome obstacles to launch its first social impact bond. The $1.5 million bond is looking to get 1,700 Kiwis with mental health conditions into paid jobs. Bureaucracy and delays nearly killed the effort last year, but a new service provider, APM Workcare, has taken over the program. Success will be measured by the number of

$500,000 in grants to help Australia social enterprises get “Impact Investment Ready”

Impact Investing Australia and Philanthropy Australia will provide nonprofits with up to $50,000 each to help them transition to self-sustaining models and become less dependent on government or philanthropic grants. Impact investing is “potentially 20 times what is available in grants,” said Chris Wooten of Philanthropy Australia. The National Australia Bank contributed half of the