Macquarie Group Foundation

Social impact investing

Our social impact investing approach

The Foundation is expanding the impact and sustainability of our community efforts by making a small number of social impact investments.

A one-off A$20m allocation will be used to fund impact-first catalytic capital investments, addressing social needs of vulnerable members of our community, in the areas of education and employment. This catalytic funding aims to be patient, risk-tolerant, flexible and concessionary. Any financial returns will be re-invested into future Foundation social impact projects.

Current investment overview

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Sydney, Australia Asia-Pacific Small businesses are the backbone of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific, yet struggle to access funding and support. This problem is compounded for women entrepreneurs, who face discrimination and lack the same collateral, education and ownership rights as men. Macquarie's investment into the Good Return Impact Investment fund will finance SMEs in rural Indonesia and Cambodia, focussing on businesses which are women-led and generate jobs and income in low-income communities. The funding will also provide business skills and training and better access to markets for these businesses. The wider impact will be a more inclusive economy, where more businesses can play a role in building sustainable incomes for families, generating jobs and growing the economy. 
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Sydney, Australia Australia In the face of increasing demand for social enterprise and infrastructure solutions to support Australian communities, For Purpose Investment Partners was established to invest in projects and organisations that deliver strong and long-term positive social outcomes while delivering investors appropriate risk-adjusted financial returns over the long run. Macquarie’s early working capital investment helped FPIP invest into Catalyst Education with a view to building a transformative leader in VET with a focus on key social sectors and, to partner with Summer Housing on behalf of the Paul Ramsay Foundation to purchase 72 specialist disability accommodation apartments. Ultimately this investment helped FPIP raise a fund to further scale their impact.

Our social impact investing criteria 

At a minimum, our requirements are:

  • Organisation headquarters in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom or United States
  • Investment size of $A500,000 or above, with an expected financial return
  • Objectives and metrics to demonstrate social impact
  • Addressing projects in employment and skilling sector, with a focus on young adults

If your project meets all of the above criteria, please contact us via the button below.