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SEFA publishes 2015 social impact report

SEFA has published its latest annual social impact report. In its fourth year of operation, SEFA has made significant progress in building its’ loan portfolio and in strengthening and broadening its engagement with the various players in the Australian social enterprise sector – both on the financing and the capacity building side.

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The report includes an update on mission and vision, and an overview of the social impact framework SEFA applies, articulating how and what direct and indirect social impact is created through its business activities. SEFA acknowledges that ‘social change’ is an evolving process with progress not being achieved from one-day-to-another, but rather requiring willingness to review, improve and learn with others. Our efforts and achievements demonstrate that the social finance space offers opportunities for replication and scale whilst bringing new resources and participants into the sector.

Insights into SEFA’s contribution to and active engagement with Australia’s social finance ecosystem are included in the report. For example, as part of this engagement, SEFA has referred organisations such as Peer2Peer Learning and Shared Reading, to student consulting programs such as the University of Sydney’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and RARE.

Chris Smith, Founder of Shared Reading says, “We’ve been working with a SEFA business mentor for around a year now. In that time she has helped shape our business plan, provided advice around how to focus our operations and given links into a variety of networks that will be beneficial to our organisation.”

SEFA has also been conducting workshops on Social Business Models, Social Finance and Social Impact Measurement in partnership with the University of Sydney/DFAT, Red Cross Australia and The Collective Purpose Hub.

SEFA welcomes feedback and comments on the report. Please email info@sefa.com.au.

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