Hello from SITAWI! Find out our latest news from the first quarter and priorities for the coming months.
2014 began with a running start: we published articles and studies, gave talks at well-known forums and are supporting important events for the sector. How about sharing some of our enthusiasm!
Give More, Give Better!
On March 24, SITAWI launched the campaign Doe Mais, Doe Melhor (Give More, Give Better!) to show how donations can contribute to building a better Brazil. The campaign brings together stories from donors to bring about a profound change in the Brazilian social sector. Find out more, tell you friends, take part. Tell your own story as a donor and inspire others!
SITAWI’s growing impact
Throughout 2013, SITAWI significantly multiplied its impact. We invested R$1.5 million in 8 organizations, benefiting more than 110,000 people. Cumulatively, this result was a great leap compared with last year: 142,000 people have now benefited, R$ 3.2 million has been invested in the social sector, and 17 social and environmental initiatives supported. Of course, your support was fundamental in us achieving this result. Thank you!
Social Sector Mergers
SITAWI launched its study on Mergers and Other Structured Long-Term Collaborations at the 8th GIFE Conference. Collaborations are not just a response to the lack of available resources, but also an opportunity to increase organizations’ impact through improved knowledge, stronger brands and better infrastructure. SITAWI is creating a group to further this idea in Brazil and is currently looking for interested actors. To read the study, click here: http://bit.ly/OUXlGz
Water: is the right price enough?
“There are growing worries about the availability of water in the coming decades. One of the proposed solutions is to price water resources, which could lead to significant costs for various industrial sectors. But will a purely economic solution prove the definitive one?” Projections of the future of water and its implications for industry are the subject of an article by our consultant, Fred Seifert, published on the site Ideia Sustentável. Follow the link and read it here: http://bit.ly/1hSYO9k
Sustainable Brands Rio 2014
Sustainable Brands is a global learning community on the role of brands to build a better future. The Brazilian event, organized by Report Sustentabilidade, will be held in Rio de Janeiro on April 24 and 25, with the support of SITAWI: Leonardo Letelier and Gustavo Pimentel will give talks and judge the Innovation Open competition, which will choose the startup that is most innovative in resolving social-environmental challenges. Use the hashtag #SBRIO14 to keep up-to-date. Registration is open until 31/03: http://www.sustainablebrands.com.br/
Social Finance Forum
The Forum for Social Finance and Impact Businesses will take place on May 6 and 7 in São Paulo and will create a space to debate the issues, share experiences and identify challenges and opportunities, to stimulate new ways of thinking about investments that create social impact in Brazil. SITAWI is supporting the forum, which will bring together national and international thought leaders in this new sector. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1dvKaqZ
SITAWI at the EY Sustainable Entrepreneur Prize
“This is more confirmation that we are on the right track and the challenge now is to grow the organization and our impact” was how Gustavo Pimentel described his and SITAWI’s nomination for the category ‘Sustainable Entrepreneur’ at the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Visit the site about the prize here: http://bit.ly/1gYczk4
Entering in Climate
To encourage institutional investors to invest in environmentally responsible companies, SITAWI spoke at a workshop organized by CDP Investimentos Responsáveis in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in March: how to maximize results by analyzing climate change management. The talks given by Gustavo Pimentel on valuing the impact of climate change on Brazilian companies were attended by pension funds, which manage hundreds of billions of reais.
"From the perspective of social impact, not all investments are born equal. If on one side, traditional philanthropy in Brazil leaves a lot to be desired in terms of volume and impact; on the other, investments to maximize profits don’t seem to satisfy all society’s needs.” This was the subject of an Open Class by our CEO Leonardo Letelier at the Casa do Saber, in January in Rio. The seminar was sold out and the group analyzed measures to multiply impact, including concepts, such as venture philanthropy, social loans, impact investing and how each of them apply to the Brazilian context.
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