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Blog | 25 May 2018

Mental health has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, at least in part because it has become clear the huge cost to businesses and the economy as a whole.

Blog | 24 May 2018

We're launching our new podcast for those looking to make the first steps towards a career in social investment

Mike Britten, Founder and CEO of Goodwill Solutions CIC
Blog | 17 May 2018

In memory of Mike Britten, Founder and CEO of Goodwill Solutions CIC

Blog | 14 May 2018

I think it’s often surprising how many people have a mobility issue – more than 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, which is around 15% of the world population. In the UK the estimate is around 10% of the population and 18% in the US. But this community is often ignored by entrenched industries.

Blog | 9 May 2018

Big Society Capital is actively looking for partners to co-develop investment solutions to provide homes for people in need. My interview with Bridget Young (Programme Manager at the Nationwide Foundation) is the second blog in the “Innovation in Homes” series, where I will be highlighting innovative initiatives and partnerships that we have come across. Read my previous interview with London Ventures here.

Blog | 8 May 2018

Last October, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship launched Skoll Academy, a six-week long skills workshop series equipping participants with practical innovation skills to affect social and environmental change. We worked with Big Society Capital to analyse social investment models to address domestic violence in the UK. This blog is an overview of our findings and suggestions.

Blog | 1 May 2018

As part of the GET INFORMED campaign for trustees, we hear from Bob Thust, Treasurer of The Bevy Pub in Brighton as he shares how social investment is enabling the entity to serve its community. 

Blog | 26 April 2018

City of London Corporation has recently launched a new report showing how its Social Investment Fund is changing the lives of thousands of people across the UK including ex-offenders, homeless and those with disabilities. Read the full report here.

Blog | 26 April 2018

This is the 5th bi-annual release of social investment deal level data and now captures over 2,500 investments into charities and social enterprises totalling nearly £1.2 billion.

Blog | 18 April 2018

"It has been an incredible journey setting up a grant-making trust, effectively a start-up” – writes Barbra Mazur, who runs the Battersea Power Station Foundation, an independent UK charitable body established by the Battersea Power Station shareholders to ensure that the diverse and vibrant South London communities surrounding the Power Station have access to a new source of funding. 

Blog | 17 April 2018

Over recent months there has been a flurry of new impact reports from social investors across the UK. It is great that intermediaries are publishing these reports that show what social investment can help achieve but also highlighting some of the challenges and lessons along the way.

Blog | 28 March 2018

It’s gone by seemingly in a blink of an eye, but Access - the Foundation for Social Investment was launched 3 years ago. We then saw Access as a younger sister organisation, learning from the experience of our early days, with a mandate and tools (ie. grant!) to do things that are needed that we could never do.

Blog | 12 March 2018

Everyone in the charity sector is needing to respond to the ‘digital age’. Many organisations, including The Children’s Society (TCS) are embarking on digital transformation or digital maturity programmes, looking at all aspects of an organisation from the technology used by staff through to digital communications with beneficiaries.

Blog | 5 March 2018

Big Society Capital is actively looking for partners to co-develop investment solutions to provide homes for people in need. Our interview with Thomas Man (Head of Capital Ambition at London Councils) kicks off the “Innovation in Homes” blog series, where we will be highlighting innovative initiatives and partnerships that we have come across.

Blog | 1 March 2018

Like many others, I often use anniversaries as an opportunity to celebrate, reflect and recalibrate. I will soon be entering my fourth year at Big Society Capital so it seemed timely to think back to how my work has changed and developed during this period. One area I would like to focus on is the growth of impact investment.

Blog | 27 February 2018

A year ago, a small group of people from around the UK social investment sector created a very special event at Dartington Hall, with the rather sinister sci-fi title of “The Gathering”. Their aim was to bring social investment leaders together, to bond a community, and to generate a sense of common purpose.

Blog | 7 February 2018

Big Society Capital is launching a programme of initiatives around community investment to support local businesses to improve lives and the communities where they operate.

Blog | 9 January 2018

In our third data dives into social investment, we look at the revenue sources and business models being used by charities and social enterprises to create, sustain or grow their positive social impact.

Blog | 4 January 2018

This week we had a milestone for social investment to support the development of charities and social enterprises.

Blog | 14 December 2017

Earlier this year, Big Society Capital convened a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Advisory Council made up of leading DAFs in the UK to establish a collaborative partnership for DAFs.

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.