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New: "CSI report", Issue Nr. 18 / December 2014

Topics in this issue include:

  • The project ‘The way we ask for money...’provides data on the promotion of research and science in Germany: The sociology of science-related project considered the question of third-party funding application from a historical-comparative perspective. The research results reveal that the application process is constantly being standardised and that the focus is increasingly on the researchers, who apply for funding.
  • A successful exchange arranged within the framework ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’:The CSI has been involved as an ’Intermediary Organization‘ in the EU project ’Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs‘ (EYE) for almost two years now. An exchange between two social entrepreneurs has been successfully completed.
  • The successful project ‚Learning from Partners‘ goes in its second round: Eleven German foundations are collaborating in this high-profile follow up study. The survey results offer the foundations the opportunity to gain insights and information concerning their work style and strategic orientation. The research design gives the chance to analyse the changes and constants within the foundation sector from the perspective of the partners.

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EXPERT Trainings in spring 2015

You are looking for subject-specific competencies that are essential for managers and executives in today’s civil society? You strive to strengthen and develop your organization by in-depth knowledge of impact measurement? You would like to gain the latest insights about foundation strategies that are instantly applicable?

You will find the answers to these and more questions in our Executive Training EXPERT programs.
To measure the impact Social Investment & Impact is based on the concept of Social Return on Investment; an instrument that has been further developed by experienced CSI experts (date: April 23rd-25th). In Foundation Strategies for Impact we impart crucial basics for well- founded strategic decisions in the context of foundations (date: May 07th-09th).

  • For further information about the Executive Training EXPERT Programs please visit EXPERT Training | agenda.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact Tine Hassert in case of any queries.

2nd European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting Social Investment

European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and DisabilityFundación ONCE, in the framework of the European Network of Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability, cofinanced by the European Social Fund, is launching the second edition of the European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting Social Investment. This pioneering initiative in Europe aims to highlight projects of social entrepreneurship that target the field of disability.

The award proposes two possible profiles of participation:

  1. Social Entrepreneurs with projects in the field of disability.
  2. Entrepreneurs with disability who present an innovative project.

More information and conditions of entry

Final report from the National Advisory Board

European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and DisabilityThe German National Advisory Board , the task force on Social Impact Investment set up by the G8 states under British chairmanship to examine Impact-Oriented Investing, New Financial Sources for solving social challenges, has recently published its final report. CSI's managing director Dr. Volker Then has been a member of the National Advisory Board. The report looks into the status of these investments in Germany, investigates their future potential and puts the general set-up of private sponsorship development to solve social problems to the test. Please, do read this report. And also learn about the international perspective of the G8 Task Force.

Summer School: Social Investment & Social Innovation in the Northern Caucasus

Summer SchoolThe summer school has been a joint initiative between the North Caucasus Federal University in Stavropol, the CSI, MitOst association and the Stavropol Volunteer’s Movement. It has been supported by the BMW foundation Herbert Quandt and took place between 15th and 19th of July. Its objective was to strengthen the concepts of social investment and social innovation in the Northern Caucasus. The summer school addressed regional participants from the business sector, the public administration, the third sector and science and supported their collective efforts to work together to improve society. show

CSI - a leading provider of education programs for Nonprofits soon?

provider of education programs for NPs The Centre for Social Investment aims to become a leading provider of further education programs for executives in the Nonprofit Sector.
Many years of experience in numerous international research projects and findings from many personal discussions show the special demands in the area of social investment – especially at managerial level. To meet these requirements, CSI Heidelberg offers challenging educational programs in the field.

Adalbert Evers is going to be Senior Fellow

Adalbert EversThe CSI is very glad to start a cooperation with Prof. Dr. Adalbert Evers as Senior Fellow. Adalbert Evers is going to work also in the teaching division as well as in the research department. He will thereby strengthen CSI's competencies in questions around the research of civil society, social innovation and committment. As an internationally renowned colleague who is also experienced in European comparative research perspectives, Evers is going to make the European orientation of CSI even more visible.

Fostering cooperation, strengthening networks

Executive Training Since 2008, CSI Heidelberg offers demanding educational programs in the field of social investment. In these we impart those competencies that characterize managers and executives in today’s society. For the EXPERT-Trainings in fall/winter 2014, CSI found strong partners who provide fresh perspectives on well-known subjects. Together with our cooperating partners we dig deeper into the practice of the particular special topics – like impact measurement, social entrepreneurship, campaigning or social innovation.

New release: Philanthropy and Education. Strategies for Impact

Innoserv The book presents the results of the international research project 'Strategies for Impact in Education'. It addresses the question of how philanthropic actors can make a more effective, beneficial and responsible contribution to the field of public education. It develops an innovative model of effective education philanthropy and uncovers strategies to successfully tackle problems in this complex domain. The publication has been edited by Ekkehard Thümler, Nicole Bögelein, Annelie Beller and Helmut K. Anheier.

CSI provides expertise for science and civil society in North Caucasus

InnoservThe CSI contributed with an introduction to Impact Measurement to a conference in Stavropol, Russia. The aim of the conference had been to connect actors from civil society and science within the region. Participants had been representatives of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the vice rector of the North-Caucasus Federal University, members of Stavropol Volunteers Movement and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Picture: Representatives of MitOst e.V., the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CSI discuss options for cooperation with the vice rector of the University of Stavropol.

'Social Return on Investment' (SROI) is the tool for social impact measurement that has received most attention in recent years internationally.

SROICSI has undertaken a comprehensive effort to analyze and showcase what is happening in this emergent and dynamic field. A Meta-Analysis has been performed which systematically assesses SROI studies conducted and published between 2000 and early 2012.

The SROI Meta-Analysis focuses on three primary areas:

(1) Initiators, analysts & analyzed organizations
(2) Fields of application, target groups & indicators applied
(3) Quality assessment

Innoserv - Your Opinion is wanted!

Innoserv The goal of the project Innoserv is to ascertain the future challenges in providing social services and identify what innovations already do exist. A film crew travelled across Europe and produced, in conjunction with the Innoserv team, short videos which are now available online. You have the opportunity to watch the videos and can express your opinion on the presented solutions via a short questionnaire.

Social Innovation in Europe

Master At the conference “Social Innovation – Priority for a European Agenda“ in the European Parliament politicians, scientists and practitioners discussed about social innovation. The conference dealt with the support of social innovations by the EU during the next period (2014-2020), innovation management and examples of innovations from different European countries. Volker Then argued in his input that social enterprises are important drivers for social innovations. Acting as hybrid organisations they use resources from different sectors such as volunteer input, political support and social capital. However, to scale innovations especially new social enterprises need the support of large non-profit organisations and public policies.
Heinz K. Becker, MEP, hosted the conference.

New Executive Training Programs

Starting this spring, CSI Heidelberg offers new Executive Training programs.
The new format begins with two programs, which will take place twice a year. The international training "Social Investment and Impact" will be the first program we provide. The second training will be the "Kompetenzschmiede für Sozialunternehmer", targeting social entrepreneurs in different phases of their project, and held in German language. Both training programs will take place in Heidelberg with a duration of three days each.

The targeted audience for "Social Investment and Impact" training are also executives in the field of social impact assessment as well as decision makers planning on strengthening the implementation of the topic in their organization. The participants will find themselves in a moderated environment to discuss and develop their projects with experts and colleagues.

CSI secures long-term funding from ABN AMRO Private Banking

ABN AMRO Private Banking, the international wealth management division of ABN AMRO Bank, has announced it will fund research activities at Heidelberg University’s Centre for Social Investment (CSI). The CSI secured the bank’s funding against competition from other European academic research centres. This followed ABN AMRO Private Banking’s search for a long-term partnership with a university institute which focuses on research, teaching and advisory services in the field of nonprofit institutions. The partnership allows ABN AMRO Private Banking to extend and strengthen its commitment to the nonprofit sector across Europe and beyond, while enabling the CSI to advance its research on strategy and social value creation of European civil society institutions.
Representatives of the Dutch bank and the CSI team met in Heidelberg for a kick-off meeting in September. In addition to the funding agreement, the parties have agreed on advisory and communication services concerning current trends in the sector and the transfer of knowhow from research to practice. The services will be provided both to clients and staff of the bank in workshops and other communication formats.

Social Entrepreneurship – Chances for Social Innovation in Germany

Representatives of the seven involved universities and Stiftung Mercator presented the results of the biennial study by the Mercator Research Association “Innovative Social Acting. Social Entrepreneurship” at a parliamentary evening. It took place on 13th September in the Mercator Centre Berlin.

  • For more information on this event, please click here.
  • You may download the policy paper here (in German).

SKF publishes CSI Impact and Strategy Report

Master The Norwegian foundation ‘Sorlandets Kompetansefond’ (SKF) has published the CSI report ‘Creating Impact in Southern Norway. A Social Return on Investment Report’. Starting with a portfolio analysis of all past SKF projects, the CSI has developed a strategy model for the foundation, realised three exemplary impact studies (following the Social Return on Investment approach, SROI), and developed strategic recommendations for the future.



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