With both the venture philanthropy and social investment sector (VP/SI) and EVPA reaching ten years of experience, it is time to look back at what happened to understand what worked and what did not and to distill the lessons learned for the sector and for all those organisations that want to practice VP/SI.

This report entitled “Learning from failures in venture philanthropy and social investment” aims at collecting the lessons learned from the first ten years of VP/SI, to learn from strategies and investments that failed and mistakes made in organisational set-up and help VP/SI organisations avoid repeating the same mistakes. For a VPO, failure happens when the social objectives, and sometimes the financial objectives, are not reached, or are only partially reached.

Full report can be viewed and downloaded from here:

Learning From Failures EVPA 2015 report