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A new fund hits the circuit The Connect Fund was born this spring. The fourth young fund in the Access Foundation stable, it has slowly found its legs, teetered around the field, and poked its nose into the social investment market. The initial task was to map and consult with many social investment actors to […]
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 […]
Last week I attended a meeting of the Social Investment Research Council, (SIRC). This is a group of funders who commission research relating directly or indirectly to social investment, brought together and managed by colleagues at Big Society Capital (BSC). We meet around 4 times a year, to discuss current projects, explore common areas of interest […]
How many times have you heard the expression ‘we don’t want this research to just sit on the shelf’? Sometimes people add something along the lines of ‘gathering dust’ for extra effect. But what’s behind it never changes – we want the research to be listened to, acted on. We researchers want our work to […]
In my previous post, I presented some initial themes coming out of the feedback we gathered on how we should develop our capacity building activities from 2018 onwards. Our online form closed last week, and I’m pleased to say we had a number of really thoughtful submissions before the shutter fell. You can read all of […]
In his last blog, Martin Rich, the chair of our Endowment Investment Committee, outlined the progress we have made with Rathbones, our investment manager, in seeking to maximise the impact of our endowment. In it he made a commitment for us to regularly publish more comprehensive details of our portfolio. As we are approaching the […]
This is the fourth in a series of posts setting out the questions we at Access are considering as we determine our strategy for investment-readiness support. As we did back in 2015, we’ve asked for your comments via an online form: this will remain open until this Friday, June 16th, so if you have something you’d like […]