Welcome | Big Society Capital
Big Society Capital
Transforming social investment

We know that investment can help charities and social enterprises achieve more. We believe the greatest chance to improve lives comes when investors and enterprises are both motivated by social mission.

What we do

We improve the lives of people in the UK by connecting social investment to charities and social enterprises

Our themes

We engage with investors, fund managers, charities and social enterprises to make it easier to use social investment

Our impact

With our co-investors, we have made over £1bn of new capital available to organisations with a social mission, through investments into fund managers and social banks
Download our Annual Report & Strategy
Annual Review
2016

What is social investment?

Social investment is repayable finance for charities and social enterprises that targets both financial and social returns for investors.

Charities and social enterprise can use repayable finance to help them increase their impact on society, for example by maintaining cash flow, buying an asset, growing or kick starting their organisation. They can choose to access this finance from social investors, who will be motivated by their social mission.

For investors, social investment is part of the spectrum of impact investment. It actively targets high impact in investments by focusing on charities and social businesses. Sometimes investors will accept lower returns or take greater risk to achieve this.

Are you a charity or social enterprise? GoodFinance.org.uk provides information, guidance and resources to help you navigate social investment.

From our blog

Blog | 7 February 2018
Big Society Capital is launching a programme of initiatives around community investment to support local businesses to...
Blog | 9 January 2018
In our third data dives into social investment, we look at the revenue sources and business models being used by...
Blog | 4 January 2018
This week we had a milestone for social investment to support the development of charities and social enterprises.

Sign up to our mailing list