Social financing for environmental charities

New research by New Philanthropy Capital analyses the current financing for Northern Ireland’s environmental NGOs and alternative forms of finance for the future.

NPC was commissioned to support Building Change Trust and Northern Ireland Environment Link in exploring and understanding the potential for social investment – the use of repayable finance to achieve a social as well as a financial return for the sector.

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Low carbon neighbourhoods, heritage volunteers

A couple of short (and rather different) environmental items.

The ‘Low carbon neighbourhood planning guidebook‘, from the Centre for Sustainable Energy, has been updated.

“This popular publication (nearly 2,000 downloads in the past 6 months) explores what communities can do – through neighbourhood planning – to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel poverty.”

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Sharing solutions to social and environmental issues

A new online platform invites change agents “working on solutions to the hard problems of the 21st century … to collaborate with your peers, learn what’s working, innovate, and adapt”. The Resilience Exchange being developed by Sphaera has backing from the Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam America and the Skoll Foundation, amongst others.

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