SVA Social Impact Fund


Last updated 13 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The SVA Social Impact Fund was established in May 2012. Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations($4m) and the remainder from private investors. As of June 30 2013, the fund size is $8.65m. The Fund is structured as an Australian domiciled, unregistered managed investment scheme.

The Fund’s mission is to invest in social enterprises and provide both a social and financial return for investors. The Fund is targeting a broad range of social enterprises that have the common aim of providing opportunities to people that are at risk of being marginalised from mainstream Australia due to economic circumstances, mental or physical disability, or race.

The management team consists of portfolio manager Emily Martin, as well as the Investment Committee, whose members include Michael Traill (SVA), Ian Learmonth (SVA), Kevin Robbie (SVA), Cathy Truong (The Trawalla Foundation).

Financial description

The SVA Social Impact Fund provides financing to Australian social enterprises that may not otherwise have access to capital. SVA's experience in social finance investment has shown that funds invested at an early or growth stage in their life cycle have the most meaningful impact. This will be the core focus of the Fund. The Fund targets social enterprises that have a strong business, competent leadership, significant growth prospects and a general readiness to take on an investment.
The fund makes a range of debt and equity investments that vary according to the the capacity of the social enterprise to use growth capital. Loans will be for 5-7 years at close to market rates (8-10% p.a). The Fund will also target equity opportunities in social enterprises that can be realised within seven years.
The average investment from the Fund is expected to be $500,000 with a proposed range of investments from $150,000 to $1,000,000.
Please see the Information Memorandum attached above for further detail on the fund’s financial characteristics.

11 years

of track record


the year funded



Asset manager

SDG goals

SDG targets

Equal rights to ownership basic services technology and economic resources

Promote policies to support job creation and growing enterprises

Full employment and decent work with equal pay

Increase aid for trade support

Increase access to financial services and markets

Impact Category

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: Social Ventures Australia

Product track record: Fund has 11 years of track record

Target IRR: 9%

Committed Capital: 865,000 AUD (Australian Dollar)

Target return category: Below risk-adjusted market-rate of return

Fund domicile:

Product status:


Inception year: 2012

Vintage year: 2012

Target region: , , ,

Target close date: n.a.

Product term: Open-ended, liquidity from June 2017

Assets under management: n.a.

Investment size: Min: 150,000; Max: 1,000,000; Avg: 500,000

Co-investment policy:

Currency of investments:

Currency for fund / product figures:

Fund investments to date: 3

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: n.a.

Carried interest: n.a.

Hurdle rate: n.a.

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: n.a.

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Family Office, Other Institutional Investors




Phone number: +61 02 8004 6700

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Emily Martin

Fund Manager

Ian Learmonth

Executive Director - Social Finance

Impact Performance


Impact thesis

The Social Impact Fund will provide capital (both debt and equity) to Australian social enterprises to enable them to achieve their social or environmental mission.
The Fund will target a wide range of social enterprises, all with the common aim of providing opportunities to disadvantaged members of society. Including disadvantage due to race, mental or physical disability, or socioeconomic status. Some particular areas of focus for the Fund are the creation of employment opportunities, and access to essential services (such as health, housing, finance) for disadvantaged Australians.

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