Stone Soup procura colaborador/a administrativo-financeiro

A Stone Soup Consulting é uma empresa de vocação social cuja missão é a maximização do impacto social das organizações e iniciativas sociais. Procuramos um/a colaborador/a para apoio, em regime de teletrabalho e part-time, em tarefas administrativas e financeiras, preferencialmente residente na Grande Lisboa. As tarefas incluem, entre outras, digitalização de documentação e arquivo documental, expedição de correspondência, controlo orçamental e de faturação, gestão de tesouraria, conciliação bancária  e preparação de documentos financeiros para contabilista. Embora com sede em Portugal, é uma empresa internacional, pelo que se exige também conhecimentos de língua inglesa.

In the run up for EVPA’s annual conference taking place this December in Madrid, Stone Soup Consulting has taken a close look at the social impact investment sector in Spain. Certainly and at first glance, the sector looks dynamic, with many new and emerging players and especially after the recent CNMV (the agency in charge of supervising and inspecting the participants’ activities of the Spanish Stock Markets) announcement authorising Bolsa Social, the first crowdimpacting platform in Spain that promises to promote a positive change in society by connecting companies and investors with values. However,let’s get into the details to follow the evolution of the industry and understand the driving factors of the market. Read whole article.

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Clara de Bienassis and Sophie Robin, both partners at Stone Soup Consulting, recently attended the annual European Venture Philantropy Association conference, of which Stone Soup Consulting is a member, in Casa de America, an old and elegant place at the very heart of Madrid.

As usual, the event was a success with 500 people attending and more in the waiting-list. Unfortunately as it seems, many important Spanish players of the philanthropic sector did not attend the conference, showing that -despite the important and regular increase of members of the association- there is still an important number of organisations implementing philanthropy in a more classical, less hands-on approach. At least, that is the first reason that comes to mind.

Despite these noted absences, the event was a perfect place to showcase the incredible rise of the venture philanthropic world in Southern Europe. And here is another interesting tendency: in this event, the world "venture philanthropy" was largely overtaken by that of "impact investment". Indeed, in Spain and in other countries, it seems that both concepts are converging in such a way that some new comers even find it difficult to differentiate them.

Impact with a social investment philosophy

In impact investment, which used to be balanced between impact-only (grant type, no return expected) to impact first (with or without expected returns), the latter is clearly now dominating the space. Again, the young and fast growing Spanish industry is a reflection of that: of the 18 members, around 10% are philanthropic entities with a donations-based philosophy, whilst around 30% are or include a social investment philosophy.

An interesting trend, which will probably get stronger over the next few years given the European Investment Fund and the European Commission push for it, is the interest of impact investors currently acting mainly in their own country to grow outside their traditional frontiers. That will mean that new collaborative patterns will emerge with cross-cultural investments in social enterprises, which might lead to more expansion of the impact of social enterprises outside their natural playground.

Photo from the project "Pare, escute, olhe", ADC Moura

Social impact evaluation is becoming of paramount importance for NFP’s and social entrepreneurs’ organisations at a rapid pace and on a large scale throughout the social economy sector. This is due to extraordinary improvements in social impact evaluation methods, instruments and efficiency and to profound changes in the social organisations' management methods and at the same time following increasing competition for scarce resources.

Given this trend, that has been evolving for a few years and that seems to be here to stay, several challenges have arisen for both organisations and social impact evaluators and become a problem that Stone Soup Consulting is attempting to solve: