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Research | 25 February 2013

This is a brief handbook explains the basics of social investment, including what social investment is, the social investment market, types of social investment products, investor concerns and the UK’s expertise in social investment

Research | 1 February 2013

This guide sets out current best practice for impact investors specifically in relation to impact, drawing on a wide range of research and detailing a model impact investment process.

Research | 17 January 2013

This report presents the findings of the largest survey of social enterprises in the UK. Its results are taken from 878 telephone and online interviews with senior figures on social enterprises

Research | 16 January 2013

This report outlines how Local Impact Funds can support the creation of a ‘social economy’ for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), Local Authorities and other key local actors.

Research | 8 January 2013

Based on a survey of members of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), this report details the behaviours, attitudes and interests of UK charitable foundations in relation to ‘social investment’.

Research | 1 January 2013

This paper examines whether the current social finance model fits the needs of the community-based social enterprise marketplace, from the perspective of an experienced social entrepreneur.

Research | 20 November 2012

An in-depth and long-running study of charitable giving habits.

Research | 15 November 2012

This report sets out the findings of a working group of financial services and social investment experts convened to explore the relationship between social investment and the regulatory concept of ‘suitability’.

Research | 27 September 2012

This report looks at how to scale up the reach and impact of social projects, building on their success at a time of reduced resources. This leads to the idea of Social Franchising as an investment opportunity for those promoting social change.

Research | 14 September 2012

The report details a need for more support in the emerging social investment market and aims to promote a better understanding of how to help UK organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector prepare to secure repayable finance.

Research | 13 September 2012

This report provides the first overview of potential social investment demand in the coming three to four years, broken down into economic sectors and financial products. In addition, it lays down a clear logic for how social investment demand can be estimated from a series of related drivers.

Research | 26 January 2012

This report reviews the landscape of the U.K. social investment market, and outlines a decision-making framework to help private and institutional investors evaluate social investment opportunities within a diversified portfolio.

Research | 18 January 2012

This paper provides an overview of how the social investment market is driven, why its affecting more and more organisations and the challenges that the sector faces in engaging with social finance.

Research | 1 January 2012

A report on the major trends shaping impact investing and how social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

Research | 29 November 2011

The first quantitative research study into social investment in the UK

Research | 15 November 2011

A guide to social investment to help charities understand the risks and opportunities social investment entails.

Research | 3 November 2011

A report on the first year of the Peterborough Social Impact Bond.

Research | 7 October 2011

A review setting out the steps necessary to create a mature, thriving, social impact investment market from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective.

Research | 7 September 2011

This report looks at how Allia’s charitable bonds work and ask whether they are a wise choice for funders and charities.

Research | 7 July 2011

This report studies the appetite for investment within mainstream financial institutions and other investor types

Research | 4 April 2011

A report presenting evidence which shows that wealthy individuals can be motivated to try social investments.

Research | 4 April 2011

A review of the 20 pilot capital-raisings by social investment intermediaries supported by NESTA’s Big Society Finance Fund.

Research | 4 April 2011

An assessment of the market for social finance, including research into credit unions.

Research | 3 March 2011

A guide setting out the steps to assessing the feasibility of a Social Impact Bond.

Research | 3 March 2011

An explanation of how to raise risk capital for ventures serving a community purpose.