Social Return On Investment

Putting a dollar value on doing good things for community

Fund. Invest. Build. Hope.

Investing in social purpose real estate yields big financial and social returns.

Our 2015 community report shows how investing in social purpose real estate can be tangibly measured, and that such investments can yield significant returns for investors. Putting a dollar value on doing good things for community illustrates how Social Return on Investment (SROI) can be measured and how mission-based investing can yield significant financial and social return.

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We are funders, investors & builders with a passion for sustainable, timely solutions for our neighbours in need.

Our community report shows that for every dollar spent, Central City Foundation creates $3.90 in social benefits. The overall social return on capital investment (SROI) in social purpose real estate (SPRE) is 18 per cent and we create $15 million in community value each year from SPRE.

Social Purpose Realestate | Central City Foundation Social Return on Investment

“We invest more than 40% of our capital directly in our mission”

“We commissioned this report to measure the Social Return on Investment of our foundation, the first analysis of SROI of social purpose real estate in Canada, and have proven that our model works, that investors and communities can see a tangible return when significant investments are made in social purpose real estate.”

– Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of Central City Foundation

Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a way of measuring the value of the benefit society derives from social outcomes of an activity or an organization, by putting a dollar value on the economic impacts of its actions. More than just counting how many people have been served through a program, SROI goes further to capture the external economic impact of outcomes that a service facilitates. The SROI report on Central City Foundation was completed by Urban Matters, and their findings form the basis of this community report.

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40% of our capital is invested in Social Purpose Real Estate.

For every $1 spent, we create $3.90 in social benefit.

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We have an 18% Social Return on Capital Investment (SROI).

We create $15M in community value each year from SPRE.

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Learn how mission-based investing yields significant financial and social return.


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