180 Degrees makes a significant social impact by:
1. Meeting an unmet demand
There are many organisations that focus on solving social problems through either fundraising or raising awareness. However many social problems cannot be solved using the same thinking that created them. What is needed is not just money and awareness, but social innovation – which is what 180 Degrees provides.
2. Facilitating a mutually beneficial arrangement
Social returns don’t just flow one way – both students and clients benefit. Clients benefit through getting tailored solutions to systemic problems, whilst students benefit through simultaneously gaining work experience, making a meaningful contribution to their communities, and developing valuable life skills.
3. Multiplying the social impact
Because 180 Degrees track the progress of clients over time, even after the official consultation process, the organisation makes an impact on social outcomes in the long-term. Records of 180 Degrees’ international client base are used to establish best-practices, with solutions applied in one location transferable to others.