Big Lottery Fund | The Future of ‘Doing Good’ in the UK

Setting out to define the future of ‘doing good’ in the UK might at first glance seem a rather lofty ambition. But rather than offering up its own worldview, this paper frames a debate for others with an interest in ‘doing good’. It seeks to spark conversations across civil society about how people and communities can best be supported to achieve remarkable things in a rapidly changing context. With contributions from ClearlySo's CEO and Founder, Rod Schwartz.

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Understanding the Capacity and Need to Take on Investment Within the Social Sector: Summary Report

A report commissioned by Big Society Capital and Access Foundation to understand what the ‘social investment’ marketplace in the UK looks like from an investee perspective, what the ‘charity and social enterprise sector’ looks like from an financial data perspective, and its capacity and desire to take on investment.

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In Pursuit of Readiness: Evaluation of the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund

The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) ensured that promising social ventures were better equipped to compete for public service contracts and secure other forms of investment. ICRF spent £13.2m and supported 155 ventures, with an average grant of £85k. This report, commissioned by Social Investment Business (SIB) and the Cabinet Office and undertaken by Ecorys, uses evidence from ventures, providers and investors to assess the impact of ICRF and makes recommendations for similar funds in the future.

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Credit Suisse | Investing for impact: How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

Investors are increasingly rejecting the notion that they face a binary choice between investing for maximum risk-adjusted financial return or donating money
to social and environmental causes. These impact investors are proactively using their investments to generate a tangible social or environmental impact,
while also having the potential for some financial return.

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Guide to social investment tax relief for investors

Our short guide to social investment tax relief for investors explores the common questions, where to find examples of social investments, access deal flow and where to hear from investors already making these kinds of investments.

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