The first reports from the independent evaluation of the Growth Fund gives an early indication that blended capital is flowing to charities and social enterprises across England to help improve people’s lives.
After a period of reviewing applications, Big Society Capital has selected Resonance and Patron Capital Partners as joint fund managers. The fund managers will work together to develop and implement a property fund to provide housing for vulnerable women. The fund presents an exciting opportunity to create long-lasting positive change with mission-aligned partners across women, housing and social investment sectors.
Big Society Capital invited three social entrepreneurs to challenge some of our management team with their burning questions on the state of social investment and asked them what they really want from social investors.
Big Society Capital, together with Access – The Foundation for Social Investment (Access), has launched a new social investment programme called Local Access. This programme will provide a blend of grant and repayable investment worth at least £33m across five places in England.
Outside the social impact investing world, what motivates someone to become an investor into social enterprises? Dr Thelma Lovick, a professor and research fellow at University of Bristol writes about what attracted her to social impact investing. She also offers her perspective for those interested in following her example.
Big Society Capital today (Wednesday), welcomes the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) core characteristics of impact investing. The characteristics were released at the Impact Summit Europe, following a consultation period with global leaders on impact investing.
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are growing in popularity in the UK and offer philanthropists an attractive alternative to setting up a charitable foundation. They represent a growing proportion of philanthropic capital in the UK with an estimated £1.3 billion charitable assets.
As the recent review of Social Investment Tax Relief (‘What a Relief!’) outlines, there have been challenges to SITR reaching its potential. Here, we look at three actions we can take to help unlock it.
Society today faces many challenges, and if they are not addressed we will have ultimately failed to protect both people and planet. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a beacon of hope, but to achieve them we require finance, talent, enterprises, research and government backing. The need for impact investing is, therefore, inescapable.
In January, our thoughts often turn to the new skills and knowledge we want to gain in the coming year. To help with this, we’re publishing the Learning and Development Framework we use at Big Society Capital with the hope that it might be useful for others and so we can learn from how others use it.