social investment for foundations and investors, social enterprises and charities, venture philanthropy and partnerships
Joanna started her working life as a social entrepreneur and has worked in a number of charities in fundraising roles, as well as in international development. Her last role was to lead an initiative called ACRE (Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises), which involved leading and managing a consortium of NGOs identifying high impact rural enterprises in emerging markets and providing pre-investment support and access to finance from impact investors.
Joanna brings experience of partnership working in the social sector to Big Society Capital, where she builds partnerships and new ways of working with foundations and mission-aligned investors to help solve crucial social challenges.
Joanna mentors a number of enterprises and small charities in fundraising, business development and strategy. She is a founding member of the UK Venture Philanthropy Steering Group and co-chairs the Social Impact Investing Steering Group.
At the recent Association of Charitable Foundations conference, representatives of three smaller foundations shared their experiences and perspectives of making social investments and providing non-financial support to organisations.
In the last few months, Big Society Capital carried out some research to understand the state of the Venture Philanthropy (VP) sector in the UK, in collaboration with the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).