Intentional Action

Inspired Impact

Impact Trust is a Public Benefit Organisation established both in the UK and South Africa that seeks to develop and explore the multiple literacies that will help navigate a global present and drive a resilient future. We work collaboratively with partners and clients to further sustainable development. by designing programmes and strategies that connect the “want to” & “need to” with the “how to”. 

With a track record spanning more than two decades in the development sector, our team are trusted impact advisors, thoughtful researchers, creative policy contributors and effective programme design and facilitation specialists.

INSPIRE

INFORM

IGNITE

INSPIRING IMPACT

Inspiration lies at the heart of creativity and innovation. It is fuelled by deep connection to heart, informed by an understanding of the interconnected challenges, shared – and different – viewpoints and perspectives; by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and by listening, deeply to draw forth a more collective intelligence.

We have a long history of inspiring innovation, convening conversations, collaborating and co-creating programmes for the greater good. We curate experiences, host thinking partner conversations and formulate policies and programmes that further personal and professional development practice in pursuit of sustainable development goals.

Our deep immersion learning journeys and shared thinking events foster deep commitments to development and change in policy and practice. Outcomes are typically evidenced at all levels: individual, organizational and systemically.

INFORMING INSIGHT

Knowing what difference, you can – and are – making, personally or professionally, is crucial for sustained active engagement in change-making practice. Knowing what difference is needed to move us towards a more sustainable, resilient society is a lot harder.

Taking a systemic view, we work with you to design programmes and policies that offer shared, systemic benefits to stakeholders. Our Routes to Resilience initiative is a known provider of learning programmes and experiential encounters that help develop a resilience mindset, delivering education and professional development programmes that can give you the foundational knowledge of sustainability principles to inform your strategic initiatives.

Informed insight requires an understanding and ability to value the social and environmental profit of your actions. We work with you to develop and implement holistic impact assessment services, both qualitative and quantitative. Believing in the power of stories, we use them to bring to life the meaning and richness of qualitative change and provide personal and community narratives that offer a powerful means of both communicating and deeply listening. We also appreciate that measuring the nature, extent and scale of our impact on broader society is as important to quantify. We do both.

IGNITING INTENTION

The concept of a “value-action” gap is well documented. Research shows that often, despite our best intentions and an authentic desire to commit to a purpose beyond our own gains, we don’t know what to do or how to start doing it.

We work collaboratively with partners to define the what and strategically plan the how to that will support “action on purpose”, and help you manifest your intentional impact with an inspired strategy and practical plan to achieve measurable impact.

Our own advocacy and research programmes are designed collaboratively with advisors and thought leaders in the field and intentionally look to inspire, inform and ignite action across stakeholders and sectors to inclusively and holistically address some of the complex, interconnected systemic challenges we face.

CURRENT PROJECTS

DISCUSSION FORUM

The idea of this conversation started from collegiate conversations between ourselves and various audiences, networks and colleagues as the rise and spread of CoVid transformed both the way we lived in the present and the visions we had for the future.  It morphed into discussions about whether this pandemic could, in all its destructiveness and in all that it exposes of our fractured societies, offer the potential for a seismic shift in our worldview.

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OUR SERVICES

Case Study Research

Policy Research & Design

Strategies for Sustainable Change

Programme Design & Development

Impact Assessment

OUR PORTFOLIO

For more than two decades we have been leaders in social and impact investment practice. Our leadership team has pioneered and led seminal efforts to build social, financial and impact investment opportunities in unlisted, high-impact SMEs and social businesses in South Africa and around the globe. We have led dedicated policy and programme research and advocacy initiatives aimed at addressing the barriers to sustainable development. As importantly, we have created the channels to connect communities to capital and capital to change.

We remain focused on literacy & learning in all spheres. This has recently incorporated stronger efforts to understand pedagogies of resilience and identifying “archetypes” of resilience that may inform appreciation of typologies of agility and a future-fit mindset. We believe thsi could significant support workplace transition as retrenchments increase and the need for reskilling and retraining grows significantly.

Our Conversations at the Crossroads initiative is a collaborative one that seeks to learn more about citizen experiences of lockdown and how these have impacted resilience and livelihoods and what lessons can be drawn to inform public and private sector activity moving forward. The currently titled “Ubuntu Quotient” research seeks to define resilience factors and typologies and consider how these might inform workplace transitions. Our ALERT project is focussed on driving innovation in responsive teaching and learning and in supporting curriculum and classroom practice.

Much of our work is founded upon a commitment to, a more resilient and sustainable future that necessitates the foundational achievement of SDG Goal 4 and its commitment to the provision of relevant, life-long opportunities to learn and relearn, so enabling progress towards sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles.

Conversations at the Crossroads

Engaging with provocative perspectives that advance awkward questions at the CoVid Crossroads and offering an accessible public platform to explore and reflect on the time we’re in and the impact of decisions we make moving forward.

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The Divestment Campaign - A Just Response To Climate Inaction

This report commissioned by 350.org considers the case for divestment from fossil fuels in South Africa and reflects on the barriers to change.

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SiMODISA

Our research, conducted in consultation with South Africa’s National Treasury, into tax and regulatory policy frameworks to support the growth of SMEs and social businesses in South Africa, was included and approved in the 2013/2014 National Budget and saw the formal establishment of the SiMODISA Start-Up entrepreneurs network.

Model & Appetite For A Debt Fund To Support SME Lending In South Africa (USAID)

An assessment and analysis of the demand for and structure of an SME debt fund in South Africa using the Credit Guarantee of a Global International Development Financing Institution.

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Creating The Nexus For Impact Investing: A Case Study (Nexii)

A case study that takes an in-depth look at the ground-breaking work of Nexii, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to establishing a social investment model beyond traditional philanthropy.

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Opportunities for Impact Investing In South Africa: Preliminary Findings (SAIIN)

Our seminal research into the market for impact investment in South Africa led to the creation of the South African Impact Investing Network.

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Convening at Bellagio to design a global social stock exchange

Our international review of the demand for and regulatory requirements for investment platforms to support social businesses led to the creation of the approved rules for a regulated impact investment exchange board with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

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Guide To Finance For Social Enterprises in South Africa (Greater Capital)

Developed by Greater Capital, this guide provides social enterpreneurs in South Africa with a detailed guide to securing finance in South Africa. Impact Trust Director, Tamzin Ractliffe, was the conceptual designer and a key contributor to this guide.

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PROGRAMME PARTNERS & SPONSORS

OUR TEAM

Our team is agile, multidisciplinary and award-winning with an extensive track record in philanthropy, social development and entrepreneurship, impact investment, social finance, public sector policy and the private sector.  

We are supported by a diverse group of industry-focused expert consultants – in education, sustainability, futures thinking and place-based transformation. 

OUR CORE TEAM

OUR EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS & ADVISORS

OUR HISTORY

Our innovative thought leadership in social development and impact investment policy and practice is evidenced in the creation of the GreaterCapital / GreaterGood Group, one of the ten most trusted non-profits in South Africa and in the establishment of the South African Impact Investing Network in 2009.  

We led the first convening of global actors and stakeholders committed to the growth of the impact investment sector and established the first publically regulated social stock exchange board, creating Nexii and the Impact Exchange (iX), in partnership with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius in 2011.

In 2013, Nexii merged the iX with IIX Asia to drive efficiency and scale.  In 2016, GreaterCapital was acquired by AMSCO and subsequently became GreaterImpact. Since 2015, the Impact Trust has continued with its work from a more global base in both South Africa and the UK.