We’ve all heard of Comic Relief, the major UK charity fighting for a world free from poverty. Through a busy calendar of events, Comic Relief has been fundraising to support organisations around the world since the 1980s. Interestingly, in recent years, Comic Relief has formed a social investment...
From curtain makers to music producers, there’s an exciting range of individuals and organisations using creative & innovative solutions to drive social change across the UK. No doubt this is a sector continuing to grow.
What makes a social investor different? To start, social investors want to make investments that have both a social and financial return. In fact, many of the organisations making social investments are social businesses themselves.
At a time of political, environmental and economic crisis, we all need to do our bit to build a better world. With inequality on the rise and a climate emergency on our hands, social enterprises are providing us with the hope and solutions we need.
It's estimated that over 3,000 charities and social enterprises have benefitted from social investment in the UK. While we haven't surveyed all 3,000, we've definitely heard a thing or two while chatting to 'the frontline' organisations who have already trodden this path.
The UK has a lot to learn from the US when it comes to failure. Here, that stubbornly stiff British upper lip still prevents most of us from admitting when things have gone wrong. But over in America, failure is worn as a badge of honour.
Well, the verdict is almost unanimous: due diligence isn’t fun (although we did manage to find one social entrepreneur who actually enjoyed it). Despite not being the most exciting part of running a charity or social enterprise, due diligence is crucial for getting investment. If you’ve just started...