FAQ

What is the benefit of participating in the mapping process to me or my social impact company or organization?

By participating in the mapping project, you will be formally recognized in the Georgia social impact ecosystem and will be helping leaders and other social impact practitioners know about your work in this market. This can lead to new relationships, access to new financial resources or investment opportunities, and new avenues of non-financial support.  This is the first step in becoming a part of the growing social impact community in Georgia.

What will you do with my information?

The information provided will be used to construct a social impact ecosystem report. This report will identify each social impact entity, its role and website address. Information will also be organized based on stage of growth, population focus and industry or impact sector (e.g. healthcare, sustainable agriculture, education, etc.). Mapping participants will be sent a copy of this on-line report.

The information will also be made available through a web-based portal that will allow others to search for your social impact entity based on mutual interests or shared focus.

When you say “impact investing” or “investing for social impact”, what does that mean? What types of impact?

While all investments have an environmental or social impact of some type, we are talking about the intentional practice of investing capital to achieve a specific social outcome that also includes a return on capital. The range of social outcomes, or impact areas, include any societal challenge or environmental issue that our community faces. Example impact areas include education, healthcare, income inequality, the environment, affordable housing, workforce development, food security, etc. Common examples of impact investing include funding a school renovation, building new affordable housing or loans to purchase solar panels; seed funding a new edtech software company, investing in social impact bonds (or pay-for-success contracts) or guaranteeing a loan for a nonprofit; investing in socially responsible mutual funds or sustainable forest land; bridge funding a capital campaign for an arts center or funding water conservation facilities.

What if I am unfamiliar with some of the key terms used in the questionnaire?

You can download the GSIC Key Terms and Definitions document, here. You may wish to do this prior to starting the questionnaire

Should more than one person complete the online questionnaire for the same social impact entity (i.e. enterprise, investor group, etc.)?

It is only necessary for one person per social impact entity to complete the on-line questionnaire.

What if I represent multiple social impact entities? Do I need to submit multiple questionnaires?

Yes, if you are representing multiple entities you will need to complete a full questionnaire for each entity you want to get on the map. For instance, if you are a private investor, a member of an investor group and on the Board of an enabling organization, you would need to complete the questionnaire for each distinct and separate entity.

When do you plan to launch the virtual community portal?

The virtual community portal is expected to launch in Spring 2018. Participants in the mapping process will be notified of the specific date prior to the launch.

Can I get a copy of the questions before I start the online questionnaire?

Yes, the questionnaire overview may be downloaded, here. The questions are organized based on role in the social impact ecosystem (investor, enterprise, intermediary and enabling organization).  You may wish to download and review the questions prior to starting the on-line questionnaire in order to be fully prepared with the information being requested.

What happens if I am unable to complete the online questionnaire due to a disruption in my internet access? 

Unfortunately, there is no way for you to go back into the same interview questionnaire if the internet connection is interrupted or you terminate the session without completing all questions.  You can contact Chris Allers, PhD at chris@advantageconsultingllc.com if you experience a disruption and need assistance completing the questionnaire.

We recommend allowing yourself 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Who do I contact if I have problems with completing the questionnaire or have other questions? 

Contact Chris Allers, PhD, Advantage Consulting LLC, at chris@advantageconsultingllc.com if you need help with any portion of the online questionnaire.

What happens after I submit my questionnaire?

We will review the information you provide and, if there are incomplete or unclear responses, we may attempt to contact you for clarification. Our researchers may also attempt to contact you for supplemental information on a case-by-case basis.

How can I get more involved with the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative?

Please use the “contact us” form on this website if you would like to become more involved in the project.

I am not currently involved in social impact investing but would like to be. Should I complete a questionnaire even if the entity I am involved with hasn’t initiated any social impact activities?

Yes. The online questionnaire is designed to capture information for those interested in social impact but not currently participating as a social impact entity.