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Leverage for GoodAn Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment$
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Lester M. Salamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199376520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376520.001.0001

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Remaining Obstacles

Remaining Obstacles

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(p.93) Chapter 5 Remaining Obstacles
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Leverage for Good
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Lester M. Salamon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376520.003.0005

For all its promise, the activity on the new frontiers of philanthropy faces significant headwinds. For one thing, it tends to advantage service programs over advocacy ones, which may divert resources from fundamental social change objectives needed to open opportunities toward less effective ameliorative service activities. In addition, the field has rather optimistic expectations about potential return rates on social-impact investments and about the adequacy of investable opportunities. This chapter examines these and other obstacles and finds that there is reason for concern but not despair.

Keywords:   deal flow, risk-adjusted rate of return on investment, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), pioneer gap

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