One of the biggest obstacles to growth for the social sector is this lack of effective funding models.
But change is afoot: across Europe and beyond, governments are working with socially minded investors to explore new finance models to help address deeply entrenched social problems.
The European Commission's Social Business Initiative is gathering pace and social impact bonds, have already been successfully launched in the UK, US and Australia.
Closer to home, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is currently assessing Social Impact Investment (SII); a new investment model that links financial returns to the achievement of social outcomes.
The Government recently reconfirmed its commitment to the development of social enterprise in the Action Plan for Jobs. But how can civil society and investors gain from these emerging opportunities?
Join us at Common Cents 2013 as we explore:
How social finance is currently helping community & voluntary, charitable sector and social enterprise sectors
The emerging role and potential of social impact investment
Creating a favourable environment for social enterprise & entrepreneurship development
Brendan Howlin TD, Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform
Keynote: Marc Schublin, Director of Strategic Development and EU Policies, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg
Brian Carty, Director of the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN)
And many other top speakers from the community & voluntary and social enterprise sectors