Access exists to bridge the gap between smaller charities & social enterprises and social investors. That’s not something we can do on our own. Through this blog we try to open up our work.
This month we are pleased to share the first of our ‘dashboard’ reports, which we will be publishing quarterly going forward. These dashboards are designed to provide a summary of activity across our funds and programmes, including some summary analysis, key figures and financials. Timeframes This first dashboard summarises the period up to and including […]
After months of preparation, much thought, occasional disagreement and a sprinkling of nervous excitement, we gathered. A pretty comprehensive selection of the people currently involved in making social investment happen in the UK, spending two days trying to make sense of it all, and find ways to make it work better. Below is the result […]
First we met Louise from Scrap in Leeds, a social enterprise focused on providing resources for arts and children’s play from materials which were destined for landfill. The have an amazing shop and space for workshops, events and training covering an enormous floor of an old mill in Farsley in West Leeds. From there they […]
Last week we published some analysis of 13 live growth fund applications. These include the funds which are already live and making loans to charities and social enterprises, those where we have made an offer and are in the process of setting up the fund, and those where we are undertaking due diligence, as at […]
“The Gathering” emerged from the brain of foundation stalwart and social investment pioneer Danyal Sattar, currently at Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The starting point was a vision of the emerging marketplace as a consistent and efficient force for social good, and the need for a greater sense of shared purpose and ambition amongst current practitioners. He […]
The Growth Fund has three funds now live, plus five offers made. There are three further applications currently in the due diligence stage. We are seeing a strong pipeline with a wide range of different sorts of organisations applying. Simon recently updated on progress and the themes we are seeing. A key part of our […]
It was a pleasure to be a part of the conversation that led to the first two grants being approved through the Reach Fund: talking through the first set of applications felt like a satisfying milestone. Over the past six months, our partners Social Investment Business (SIB) have done a great job in putting all […]