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Community Report 2015

Putting a Dollar Value on Doing Good Things for Community

November 2, 2015

A community report from Central City Foundation 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 show how Social Return on Investment (SROI) can be measured and how mission-based investing can yield significant financial and social return.

“We invest more than 40% of our capital directly in our mission – much more than most foundations — through social purpose real estate and grants to community partners, and believe that our investment model can stand as an example to others,” says Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of Central City Foundation. “We commissioned a 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.”

The community report shows that for every dollar spent, Central City Foundation (CCF) creates $3.90 in social benefits. The overall social return on capital investment in social purpose real estate is 18 per cent, with $2.4 to $3.4 million in direct community value created each year, and $4 to $11 million in indirect community value created each year. The full report is available at www.centralcityfoundation.ca/sroi-community-report.

 


Social Return on Investment (SROI) Report

CCF Web Slide SROI Report_FINALCentral City Foundation partnered with Urban Matters to demonstrate to communities and stakeholders the value we create from tax incentives, grants and donation through our investments in social purpose real estate. This measurement of Social Return on Investment, or SROI, lays out a framework for measuring the value we create through our real estate portfolio that explicitly considers the economic impact of the social value being delivered. SROI identifies quantified outcomes attributable to a project and then finds financial proxies that match these outcomes.

Through this process, we were able to show that on an aggregated basis, every dollar that Central City Foundation invests in social purpose real estate results in up to $3.90 in direct social benefit to community. The social return on the total invested capital for the Central City Foundation real estate portfolio is 18%.

You can download and read the full report titled “Exploring SROI at Central City Foundation” here.


Community Report 2013

Central City Foundation Community Report 2013

Unaffordable Spaces: How rising real estate prices are squeezing non-profit organizations and the people they help

December 3, 2013

Vancouver’s skyrocketing real estate prices have major implications for the lives of people in the inner city, their communities and the non-profit organizations that serve them.

Central City Foundation has put together this community report to present information that can spark increased dialogue about how all of us – funders, government, non-profits, donors and all neighbours – can address issues and work together to build a community in which people are safe, fed and adequately sheltered, well-educated, employed, healthy and empowered to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

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