Social investment research and reality

Small charities and social investment

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research has started new research on small and medium sized charities’ experience with social investment. Its first briefing ‘Small Charities and Social Investment: Points from the Literature’ (pdf, 706KB) is based on an initial review of existing literature and insights.

IVAR has visited and talked with CEOs, Chairs and Treasurers in 15 charities across England so far, and will press on with further interviews. Another briefing will be out soon about what they have learnt so far. You can sign up for the study mailing list.

See IVAR news item.

Public engagement

Big Society Capital has a report looking at how members of the public are beginning to engage in social saving and investment.

Given the early stage of building mass participation in the UK, we have looked to how other countries have encouraged individuals to support social or environmental causes through their saving or investment choices.

See ‘Retail social investment across the world‘.

Nitty gritty

Big Society Capital also has a new series of blogs exploring “the gritty reality of social investment“. It starts with a piece from one social entrepreneur who got there in the end, but only after a rollercoaster ride.

(Thanks to Bates Wells Braithwaite Briefing)