Social Ventures Australia has partnered with HESTA to establish one of Australia’s largest impact investing funds. HESTA has committed an initial $30 million to be deployed in Australia towards investments designed to generate both a financial return and a measurable social impact.

SVA has been appointed as the investment manager of the Social Impact Investment Trust, a fund with the purpose of allowing HESTA to make direct and indirect social impact investments utilising the skill, experience and assistance of SVA.

Investments will be made across a range of social enterprises, businesses and projects which have a specific focus on delivering both sound financial returns and a demonstrable social impact in sectors such as health, housing and community services. The fund will make loans and equity investments and will also invest in Social Impact Bonds.

The Fund is not intended to replace government funding for social services, does not provide grant funding and is not a venture capital or angel fund.

Investment Characteristics and Criteria

SVA and HESTA will seek to make investments in organisations and enterprises established in Australia and may include the following:

  • senior and/or subordinated debt
  • equity capital (including ordinary shares, convertible and/or redeemable preference shares, convertible notes and/or warrants); and
  • Social Impact Bonds.

The target minimum investment size is $1 million, with the actual amount of individual investments to be determined on a case-by-case basis by SVA.

To be considered for investment the organisation or enterprise should have the following characteristics:

  • be an established entity with proven revenue and a trading record
  • have established governance and management structures
  • be mission driven and work towards a demonstrable and direct social impact; and
  • seek positive social change in a range of sectors including, but not limited to, education, employment, social and affordable housing, family and community connections, disability, health care, aged care, child care, social services and indigenous areas.

Application Process

SVA and HESTA are currently seeking investment opportunities that meet the above characteristics. To apply for investment or loan capital from the fund, please contact SVA on impact-trust@socialventures.com.au or (02) 8004 6740. SVA will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within two business days.

If you do not meet the above criteria, please visit the SVA Social Impact Fund webpage which has different investment criteria and might be more applicable.

Performance

The Social Impact Investment Trust was established on 6 August 2015. As the Fund Manager, SVA will report annually on the performance of the Fund.

The SVA Social Impact Fund is a similar fund, which can be referred to for indicative track record.

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