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Blog | 6 December 2017

As part of Trustees Week in November we held a fringe event at NCVO’s Trustee Conference to mark a year of running GET INFORMED – Social Investment for Boards. We wanted to give people a flavour of the campaign and the support on offer, from online resources to 1:1 mentoring. It was a great session and we’ve shared the lively discussions through a podcast

Blog | 5 December 2017

At the recent Association of Charitable Foundations conference, representatives of three smaller foundations shared their experiences and perspectives of making social investments and providing non-financial support to organisations.

Blog | 20 November 2017

Ten Years on from Northern Rock, Jane Hartley, CEO of Vonne, recently made a clear and compelling case for continued grant investment in charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations so that they can channel support to individuals and communities across the North East and Cumbria who need the most help.

Blog | 20 November 2017

In the summer, Big Society Capital launched our impact report, bringing together the information, stories and learnings from our first 5 years. In it, we’ve highlighted how social investment is supporting charities and social enterprises.

Blog | 7 November 2017

Our second Data Dives into Social Investment blog looks at the social outcomes being targeted by charities and social enterprises across the UK. 

Blog | 31 October 2017

In the last few months, Big Society Capital carried out some research to understand the state of the Venture Philanthropy (VP) sector in the UK, in collaboration with the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). 

Blog | 26 October 2017

Introducing our new series of blogs exploring social investment data visualisations.

Blog | 24 October 2017

In this post James Ronicle, Associate Director at Ecorys UK, describes the findings from the latest research collaboration between Ecorys UK and the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU). The two research teams examined the reasons why 25 areas did, or did not, set up a social impact bond (SIB), and summarises the four factors that were essential in ensuring whether a SIB was launched.

Blog | 20 October 2017

Last December, we launched the Building Blocks framework, identifying the key components intermediaries need to have in order to be effective and sustainable in the long term.

Blog | 12 October 2017

On 26th September, a Social Investment Forum organised by Sarasin & Partners, Big Society Capital and Cass Business School asked the question “Is social investment growing fast enough?” Hear the thoughts and experiences of our speakers.

Blog | 11 October 2017

Last week I was invited to join a panel at Legal & General’s Defined Contribution (DC) pensions conference, chaired by Simon Chinnery, exploring the future direction of DC pensions. 

Blog | 28 September 2017

Social investment is all about people.

Blog | 12 September 2017

As part of the GET INFORMED campaign blog series, Edwin Godfrey - Chairman of Purple shares their journey exploring social investment. 

Blog | 8 September 2017

You may have seen recently, here at Big Society Capital we’ve just hit a milestone - a billion pounds of social investment committed by us and our co-investors and available to the sector.

Blog | 31 August 2017

In July, we launched our new strategy and 2016 annual review at events in London and Birmingham.

Blog | 9 August 2017

Big Society Capital’s Impact Report looks back over the last five years at the impact the organisation and its partners have made since 2012. Daniel Brewer reflects on the development of Resonance over this time.

Blog | 7 August 2017

Throughout the year, the GET INFORMED campaign is offering 100 ‘financial/investment expertise’ mentors to help board members (and senior management wanting to build their board’s skills) better understand the opportunities and risks of social investment.

Blog | 27 July 2017
  • Number of charities and social enterprises using social investment in 2016 continues to grow
  • Charities and social enterprises took up 50% more non-bank capital than in 2015
Blog | 17 July 2017

On 3rd July, we launched our new strategy and the publication of our 2016 Annual Review at an event held at the Impact Hub in Westminster.

Blog | 13 July 2017

 Should it cost more to be disabled?

Blog | 13 July 2017

On the 3rd July we announced the relaunch of our £30 million offering as the Third Sector Investment Fund. 

Blog | 10 July 2017

Last week we published our Impact Report online to coincide with our fifth anniversary and the launch of our new strategy.

Blog | 29 June 2017

As part of the GET INFORMED - Social investment for Boards campaign, Rebecca Garrod-Waters, Chief Executive of the Ufi Charitable Trust shares how and why the organisation decided to explore making social investments. 

Blog | 27 June 2017
On Purpose associates, Francesca and Katie, share their main three takeaways from the Economist Impact Investing Europe Conference. 
Blog | 20 June 2017

As Homeless Link become the fifth and latest Growth Fund to launch, we consider how the provision of small scale finance has changed since the Growth Fund’s launch in 2015.