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Debbie Zima

Debbie Zima

Debbie has an insatiable curiosity for how finance can be used to help vulnerable people and communities and has spent 20 years in the social investment sector.  This journey began in Chicago at IFF one of the largest Community Development Finance Institutions in the US.

After coming to live in Scotland with her family in 2007, Debbie brought her international experience and personal passion to Social Investment Scotland where she spent 10 years, working to increase access to capital with communities across Scotland. With a keen interest in social impact and diversity and equality she has sat on various UK-wide social investment intermediary advisory groups and was instrumental in bringing Aeris (an impact investment credit rating for the CDFI sector in the US) to the UK.

She now brings her contagious energy, and positive demeanour to Inspiring Scotland to work on intandem supporting the charities to establish this national mentoring programme.

In her spare time, she loves walking her Border Terrier, running and is ‘slowly’ writing a family inter-generational cookery book.

How your professional expertise can make a difference
12.02.2020

How your professional expertise can make a difference

Did you know that Inspiring Scotland’s specialist volunteer opportunities enable you to use your skills and expertise for the greater good? Specialist Volunteer Executive Elaine Crichton explains how you can make a difference. Traditional volunteering roles aren’t for everyone – whilst many of us want to share our time and skills with charities and other

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New portfolio focused on understanding autism announced
16.12.2019

New portfolio focused on understanding autism announced

Nine charities offering a range of community and employment projects from around Scotland have been announced as recipients of almost £400,000 of  funding aimed at raising society’s understanding of autism. This fund aims to make employment and community participation more accessible and to help autistic people to live active and independent lives. The fund will

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Playing outside helps children to have a stake in their communities
29.11.2019

Playing outside helps children to have a stake in their communities

By Jill Fraser, Community Play Performance Advisor Community is an old and deeply human idea. It is about sharing; people sharing experiences, sharing places and sharing hopes. We gain a sense of community early in our lives. For children, playing is intrinsically linked to a burgeoning sense of belonging to a bigger group of people

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