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 and create most impact comes when investors and enterprises are both motivated by social mission.

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

What we do

We improve the lives of people in the UK by connecting social investment to social enterprises and charities to create a greater social impact.

Our themes

We have a number of core focus areas where social impact investing has a particular opportunity to make a difference; homes, places and early action.

Our impact

With our co-investors, we have made over one billion of new capital available to organisations with a social mission, through investments into fund managers and social banks.
Big Society Capital 2018 Annual Review

What is social investment?

Social Impact Investment is repayable finance for social enterprises and charities which provides financial return for investors while creating a positive social impact.

Social Enterprises and Charities can use repayable finance such as impact investing funds or social bonds 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 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 social businesses and charities. Sometimes investors will accept lower returns or take greater risk to achieve this.


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Good Finance improves access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises. With events, resources and an investor directory, you can decide whether social investment is right for your organisation.

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Cliff Prior CEO Big Society Capital

From Social Investment Tax Relief to social responsibility, we discuss the latest developments from Big Society Capital, and the social impact investment market, in our blog by our investment team and guest authors.

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