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The endowment working group met again last week to consider how best we invest our £60m endowment from the Cabinet Office. We began by looking at different portfolio scenarios, generated using our financial model. We considered how the mix of assets would impact both the financial return of the portfolio as well as the financial […]
When I opened up our consultation with a google form where all comments would be shared openly, I had feared that we’d end up with the digital equivalent of tumbleweeds. Given that, it has been really encouraging that we’ve now had 30 insightful and considered responses, from a range of organisations and practitioners. I’m very […]
The Group has been established to consider how best we invest our £60m endowment from the Cabinet Office during the next ten years before we use the funds to make grants, in grants in a way that generates the maximum social impact. We met last week and it was an invigorating and thought provoking discussion! […]
We reviewed three applications at Round One*, two of which will proceeded on to the due diligence stage. These were one proposal for a county-wide fund which had come from a Community Foundation in partnership with a lender, and one from an established SIFI looking to develop a regionally focused fund targeting a couple of […]
So two weeks has flown by, and there’s plenty to share. Firstly, as trailed in my last post, we’ve polished up our Annual Plan for 15-16 to a mirror shine, and deemed it fit for your viewing pleasure – you can inspect it here. We’re not expecting that it will be a viral sensation, but […]
My first two weeks here at Access Foundation has been an exciting time, getting to understand more about the opportunity we’ve been given, the recent history and potential of social investment in the UK, and what role our Growth Fund and Capacity Building programmes could play in supporting and developing the sector. There’s a lot […]
This means considering the implications of everything we do, from focusing our supply chain on organisations which better fit with our mission, to considering how we manage our investments. In order to fund our Capacity Building programme, Access received an endowment of £60m from Cabinet Office. This posed an interesting question – how best do […]