Support to get trustees considering social investment

The trustees and committee members of charities and social enterprises are the target of a new campaign to help them understand the risks and opportunities of social investment.

The Get Informed campaign has been launched by Big Society Capital along with Association of Chairs, Honorary Treasurers Forum and Cass Centre for Charity Excellence. The Charity Commission (England and Wales) is also involved, following its research that revealed “skilled and engaged boards” were better able to consider alternative funding methods to achieve their strategy. » Continue reading news item ... “Support to get trustees considering social investment”

Guidance on social investment by charities

The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has produced updated guidance to coincide with a new social investment power for charities. The first phase of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 came into force from 31st July, including this and some powers for the Charity Commission.

As outlined in a short piece by solicitors Bates Wells and Braithwaite,

The power confirms charities’ ability to make social investments.

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Sector engagement with social investment

New from Big Society Capital, ‘Understanding the capacity and need to take on investment within the social sector‘ is a report by NCVO, commissioned by the Social Investment Research Council, to investigate the experience of social sector organisations engaging with social investment.

Various pdf documents include a summary (795KB) and case studies (920KB).

(Source: Bates Wells Braithwaite bulletin)

Social financing for environmental charities

New research by New Philanthropy Capital analyses the current financing for Northern Ireland’s environmental NGOs and alternative forms of finance for the future.

NPC was commissioned to support Building Change Trust and Northern Ireland Environment Link in exploring and understanding the potential for social investment – the use of repayable finance to achieve a social as well as a financial return for the sector.

An executive summary of ‘The potential for Social Investment to finance the Environment NGO Sector in Northern Ireland’ is available from NPC, or go to Building Change Trust news item for the full report (pdf, 1.7MB) and case studies (pdf, 423KB). » Continue reading news item ... “Social financing for environmental charities”

Government goes for more social investment and impact bonds

The government has published strategy documents showing plans to expand the use of social investment over the next five years. This includes partnering with a UK university to establish a centre of excellence.

A foreword from the minister for civil society says “Social investment represents a revolution in the way that public services are delivered and a huge opportunity for more people to use their savings and investments to change lives for the better”. » Continue reading news item ... “Government goes for more social investment and impact bonds”