BRUSSELS, November 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For 2015-6 the European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector is reporting growth overall, stabilising budgets, good dealflow, new smaller players entering the sector and a strong increase in co-investment among peers. The State of Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment (VP/SI) in Europe|The EVPA Survey 2015/2016 explores how investments continue to be made across different geographies, sectors, beneficiaries, and signals continuing market growth together with increasing collaboration and interest in investing opportunities with a positive societal impact. It provides detailed insight into variables such as types of investors, the number and size of investments made, expected returns, exits, organisational support and impact measurement practices. The EVPA Survey 2015/2016 questioned 108 VP/SI organisations (VPOs) across Europe, either seeking a social return only, or accepting or seeking both a social and financial return. Social (impact) investment funds are becoming an increasingly important part of the venture philanthropy landscape, making up 30% of respondents in this year's survey. The largest number of these funds are located in Benelux, followed by France, Germany and the UK. The 108 surveyed organisations invested an average of €7.8 million through VP/SI activities. Over Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 a number of smaller players (with budgets under €2.5million) have entered the sector. €6.5 billion was invested by the respondents in social organisations and projects since they started operations (a 30% increase compared to FY 2013). These investments went primarily to non-profits (35%) and social enterprises (37%). There is a sharp rise in co-investment between peers since FY 2013. 63% of respondents have co-invested in the past and 19% said they are interested in doing so, even if they have not co-invested yet. Of the respondents that answered both this and the last survey, the organisations that have co-invested increased from 69% to 80%.