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The Inspiring Scotland experience, improving the lives of Scotland’s most disadvantaged people Celia Tennant Head of Funds11 October 2013
What is Inspiring Scotland?What is Venture Philanthropy?What are we doing for Scotland’s most disadvantaged?What is Link Up? What have we learned & what really matters?
Our mission: Change the lives of Scotland’s most disadvantaged people. Inspiring Scotland aims to create sustained change through partnership and collaboration, by tackling tough social issues and achieving long lasting results for disadvantaged people and communities in Scotland.
EVPA defines ‘Venture Philanthropy’ as an approach to build stronger societal purpose organisations by providing them with both financial and non-financial support in order to increase their societal impact. (EVPA is the European Ventures Philanthropy Association of which Inspiring Scotland is a member)
What we do Financial & Non Financial Support Financing Investors (Scottish Gov, Trusts/Foundations, Corporates, HNWIs) Fund Ventures Social Return Social Return
5 Years • 6 Funds • £45 million ‘investment to sector’ • £25 million leverage • 180 + pro bono supporters Inspiring Scotland in numbers
Over 10,000 young people secured employment, education, training. 20,000 children freely playing in their communities Over 14,000 vulnerable children and their families helped Over 5,000 people, building confidence, new relationships, realising assets SG’s programme delivery partner
Non-Financial Support at the core of what we do
Link Up Model Local Worker Host Local Community Local Community Inspiring Scotland
Learning – The worker Local Worker
Outcomes • Activities • Outputs • Outcomes for Individuals • Outcomes for Communities • National Outcomes • We live our lives free from crime, disorder and danger • Increased levels of social interaction for individuals, which will in itself reduce isolation • Number of hours of community activity • Increased level of community activity • Activities that increase social contact/ connections between individuals and groups in the community • We live longer, healthier lives • Stronger connections and improved relationships based on trust and reciprocity between people in the community • Number of new activities • Better community integration and cohesion • We live in well designed sustainable places where we are able to access the services and amenities we need • Improved confidence and self-esteem • Number of participants in activities (+ new) • Increased capacity and motivation to influence what happens in their community • Improved health & well-being • Activities that involve individuals participating/using and giving their skills and assets • Development of new skills • We have strong resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others • Improved perception of their community as a place to live • Number of volunteers involved in activities • Improved perception of their community as a place to live • Improved resilience and self efficacy
Learning – Evaluation “What’s bingo, bananas and a long-overdue haircut got to do with assets?”…
SCALE AT 30 JUNE 2013 Pop-up farm/beach & cafe Community Family events Fruit & Veg Stall Lunch Club Chancers – local womens group Bingo 724 Participants + 21 Volunteers Gardening Cinema 446 Participants + 38 Volunteers Bingo Possil 17mths Biking Community Gardening Whitfield 13mths N. Motherwell 15mths Youth Activities 533 Participants + 91 Volunteers Archery DJ Workshops NW Kilmarnock 19mths Befriending Community Gardening 222 Participants + 12 Volunteers Litter Picks Silly Soccer Community information Larkfield 20mths Dads group Cooking Women’s Group Cinema 482 Participants + 31 Volunteers Pop-up cafe TOTAL ENGAGEMENT @ 30 JUNE 2013 5101 participants 333 volunteers Archery Leith 18mths Gardening Make my Neighbourhood Beautiful Women’s Group Archery Tenants group Family swim 890 Participants + 63 Volunteers Arts Community Cafe 614 Participants + 8 Volunteers Muirhouse 14mths Chess Youth Cafe Bingo Gallatown 15mths Athletics Group Photography Arts & Crafts Open Cafe Cinema Gorbals 13mths Photography Alloa 17mths 454 Participants + 26 Volunteers Big Breakfast Club 419 Participants + 8 Volunteers Culture on Every Corner Soggy Sports Guitar Group 317 Participants + 35 Volunteers Creative writing Internet cafe & Community information Gardening Community Gardening Drumming Bike club Cinema Pop-up Museum Community Football Street Dance ‘Man Up’ Women’s Group Young Mums
Independent Evaluation of Model 2012 – Arrivo Consulting • Investors – Increased efficiency and maximised impact • Ventures – capacity building creates stronger, more robust orgs • Beneficiaries – better outcomes
It is the non-financial investment that underpins the ‘added value’ of the Inspiring Scotland model. ‘The non-financial support provided has transformed ventures and their capacity to deliver outcomes in a way that financial investment alone could not have achieved’ ‘Our Performance Advisor probably has a better all-round grasp of the organisation's challenges and what we can achieve, than anyone else we work with.’
Gates Scholar – University of Cambridge To be publish Autumn 2013 • Clearer focus on impact. 91% of ventures felt they better identified the outcomes and impact of their work—49% strongly felt that way. • Better impact measurement. 84% of ventures had stronger systems for measuring impact. • Better delivery. 81% of ventures felt they were more effective delivery organisations due to IS support. • Better management. 69% of ventures felt that their management capacity increased. • Better networks. Ventures strongly felt that networking within their portfolios was valuable. 96% found value in connections within the portfolio. • More sustainable and more fundable—even after exit. 68% better identify and develop new opportunities. 67% more sustainable in longer term as result of IS. • Tough selection process + cachet. 89% of ventures felt like being supported by Inspiring Scotland signalled that they were a strong organisation to other funders. • Isserman, N. Cambridge University (to be published Autumn 2013)
Quicker, cheaper, better • New money • Recycling money • New products • Fresh ideas