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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
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2017

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 | 15 August 2018
On her recent trip to New York, our Investment Manager Karen Ng has met up with Ana Stefancic, a Housing First (HS)...
Blog | 1 August 2018
This is the second in a series of updates about our work to support underserved small enterprises in disadvantaged...
Blog | 26 July 2018
In 2016, we produced our first comprehensive estimate of the size and composition of social investment in the UK. Two...

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