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The Real Value Of A Non-profit: Why Social Return On Investment Matters

Over the past few years, social return on investment (SROI) has slowly but surely made its way into the mainstream. Though it’s been around since 1999, there are still plenty of misconceptions about this evaluation method. In reality, SROI helps non-profits measure impact and grow sustainably so they can achieve lasting change in the world and bring about greater social good – just like they want to do. SROI can even help funders determine where their money will make the biggest difference – which ultimately benefits everyone! Here’s how non-profits can put SROI to work for them today…

What Is SROI

Social return on investment (SROI) is an accounting framework for non-profit organizations that measures the social impact of a given project. Put simply, it measures the money your project or program costs to operate and then subtracts from this the cash benefits to participants that result from your intervention. And then it compares this difference to the financing it receives. This means non-profits don’t just have to measure success in terms of what they’re achieving but in terms of whether these results can be achieved more efficiently with another method. In other words, non-profits must not only understand how much good they are doing but also if it’s possible to do even better by switching their strategy altogether.

What Are The Advantages Of SROI?

How Does It Work?

Social return on investment, or SROI, is an increasingly popular measure for calculating the value generated by investments in social enterprises and non-profits. It measures not only the financial returns that these organizations produce, but also their positive social impact. By including both qualitative and quantitative factors in its measurement toolkit, it calculates a more complete picture of whether the financial resources have been put to good use. Social enterprise professionals can consider using this measure as well to help focus their work. After all, many social enterprises are not-for-profits too. The key question is how do you know if your organization has done enough? You might be getting great results from your product or service – you’re fulfilling your mission and making money at the same time – but what if there are still a lot of needs out there? There are still lots of problems left to solve.

How Can I Use SROI In My Everyday Life?

Even if you don’t work in the non-profit sector, chances are that you’re familiar with the concept of social return on investment (SROI). SROI is a term created by Professor Michael Porter and stands for the value or benefit that one party receives from an interaction with another party. A traditional ROI calculates the amount of money an investor earns from investing capital or time. But, SROI is designed to measure non-financial outcomes like social benefits and economic benefits. For example, when an individual invests time in volunteering for their local food bank, they may be deriving utility from increasing their feeling of community membership and increasing their perception of self-worth. These types of benefits can be calculated through an SROI analysis.

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