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This blog post has been written by the Ti Group, Access’s learning partner. It is based on interviews with 12 witnesses who were or are directly involved in the process as well as a review of all of the internal documentation as well as what is public. Where an opinion is expressed, this is the […]
The first introductory blog last month, from Access’ Director of Learning, explored some of the recent changes we’d witnessed to the learning function within funders and foundations over the Covid-19 crisis period. The blog explored which of these changes might be beneficial to endure into the “new normal”, to shake-up the current approach to learning […]
The role of learning, data and insight has been changing for foundations, funders and social investors. Where we’d previously typically see the need for a demonstration of outcomes and impact data or rigorous due diligence reporting prior to money flowing, we’re instead seeing an emergency response where funders are doing what they can to support […]
Sophie joined Access for six months as part of the On Purpose Associate Programme, which helps professionals move into purpose-driven careers through a year-long programme comprised of two work placements, training, coaching and mentoring. Here she reflects on her time with Access. My six months at Access has sadly come to an end and, unbelievably, […]
Access exists to bridge the gap between charities and social investors, and to help more charities and social enterprises to benefit from social investment who haven’t been reached to date. We know that social investment isn’t reaching the whole sector. There is some understanding of the gaps, for example we know that smaller organisations have […]
Seb, Simon and I recently visited Northumberland to meet with a group of social entrepreneurs from eleven organisations at a gathering kindly convened by Big Issue Invest. This is one of a series of roundtables that we have recently co-convened in order to hear directly from organisations about their experiences of social investment and investment […]
One year on since the launch of the Growth Fund’s first social investment fund, we reflect on what we have learned so far. Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions about the financial and social impact of the loans, just collecting and collating the early data has taught us a lot already… It’s been […]