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News | 16 February 2015

Threadneedle Investments’ flagship social bond fund has reached over US $100m (£67m)[1][2] in assets under management as it celebrates its first anniversary.

Blog | 12 February 2015

More charities are looking at alternative ways to fund their work and as a result social investment has been the subject of increased interest and scrutiny.

News | 11 February 2015

Housing specialist, My Space, will considerably increase its services and support for vulnerable adults as it implements an action plan for substantial growth over the next three years.

Research | 10 February 2015

This paper examines the role data collection and performance analysis can play for social sector organisations seeking to improve outcomes.

News | 6 February 2015

The corporate finance team at Triodos Bank is pleased to announce that the first ever social impact bonds to benefit from Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) have been issued.    

Research | 4 February 2015

Responses to a survey completed by 128 charity CEOs.

Blog | 1 February 2015

The Real Lettings Property Fund now stands at more than £46 million, thanks to further investment by Big Society Capital and the City of London Corporation. The fund, managed by Resonance in partnership with the charity St Mungo’s, buys properties to let to homeless families in London.

News | 30 January 2015

Responding to the Government’s publication of the Social Investment Roadmap today (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/investing-in-social-enterprise-government-publishespolicy-roadmap)

Blog | 29 January 2015

“Improving the quality and reach of social care to meet rising demand is one of the biggest challenges our country now faces… It is crucial that we ‘tap’ every resource that exists to help us create the conditions needed to transform social care into a service that older and disabled people, and their families, really can rely on.”

News | 28 January 2015

Health Minister Jim Wells today launched the ‘Creative Local Action Response & Engagement (CLARE Project) in Belfast.  

Blog | 23 January 2015

On Thursday last week the Rt Hon Francis Maude, the Minister for Cabinet Office, hosted an Angels for Good event at number 11 Downing Street to introduce current and prospective social angel investors to social entrepreneurs and members of the angel.

Research | 22 January 2015

This report examines the potential role of social investment in the community lending sector.

Blog | 15 January 2015

Belated Happy New Year. It is still, just about, a good time for reflection.

Blog | 15 January 2015

In a series of short videos, we hear from a range of charities and social enterprises on their experiences of taking on social investment and their tips for other organisations condidering it:

What has social investment done for us?

Research | 12 January 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support the criminal justice sector.

Research | 8 January 2015

This report provides a framework for assessing the social impact investment market, highlighting the need to continue to build the evidence base for social investment and the requirement for further international collaboration to develop global standards for impact measurement.

News | 7 January 2015

A company that helps marginalised young people into work is the latest to benefit from the FSE Social Impact Accelerator (SIA), a loan scheme assisting social enterprises that are looking to grow.

Research | 5 January 2015

Coinciding with the launch of “The Power to Change” trust, this report assesses the nature, scale, scope, impact, and financing and support needs of the community business sector.

Blog | 28 December 2014

Yesterday, the Guardian reported that, according to the National Audit Office (NAO) there has been a 14% increase in the number of children in care (Baby P effect takes children in care numbers to 25-year high, says NAO). More clearly needs to be done to tackle the challenges around children in care, which leads to a range of poorer outcomes for those children, not least far lower educational attainment.

Blog | 24 December 2014

“Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.” 
― H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds”
 

Blog | 23 December 2014

I sometimes think applying for social investment is like standing at the bottom of the Three Gorges Dam with a small cup, and asking for some water to make a cup of tea. You shout up at a person standing at the top of the dam to ask for some water. “Hang on a minute” they say, and go off to turn a wheel to release some water from the dam.  What you get is a huge gush of water out, at great speed, surging out with the potential energy of the water behind the dam. It sweeps away your little cup and if you are not careful, takes you with it.

Blog | 22 December 2014

The second trap we fall into with social investment is using a broad word to describe a number of quite different things. We then assert that social investment is just one of them – the investment part.  To me, social investment is actually four quite different things which do overlap with each other, but are quite distinct.  It’s not surprising therefore, that in a “can you explain social investment to your esteemed relative” test, we end up getting slightly confused ourselves.  

Blog | 18 December 2014

The old challenge is, can you explain your job in a way that your otherwise highly capable elderly relatives would understand?  Most of my esteemed elders are dead, so I admit, that is a bit of a barrier to communication, but let’s not have reality stand in the way of a good metaphor in social investment.
 

Research | 17 December 2014

Despite growing demand for charity services, concerted attempts to take proven approaches to scale are few and far between, with successful examples even rarer. This paper proposes ways of assessing the viability of scaling in different contexts.

Blog | 15 December 2014

Let’s be nice to the French and start with a philosophical and historical context.