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 Review
Annual Review
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 November 2018
John Bishop, managing director of social enterprise Evolve writes about being a social – and systems – entrepreneur. He...
Blog | 14 November 2018
For Trustees Week , Rebecca McCartney, Investment Director at Big Society Capital and trustee at UK Youth , shares her...
Blog | 19 October 2018
Big Society Capital's new Engagement Manager, Katie Fulford-Smith, shares her first impressions of the social impact...

Sign up to our mailing list