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Blog | 6 February 2017

In the world of social enterprise and social investment, we talk a lot about social impact: how to capture it and put it into words. For me it’s very simple, I volunteer because I want to make a difference. 

Blog | 31 January 2017

The start of the year is a good time to consider how to make use of your time with some volunteering, but with so many options out there, how can you make sure you are making a meaningful contribution and using your skills (whilst hopefully meeting some great people and having a good time)? 

Blog | 26 January 2017

Big Society Capital is an independent financial institution with a social mission, set up to help charities and social enterprises find the right kind of repayable finance they need to do more of their fantastic work. 

Blog | 25 January 2017

What do we mean when we talk about volunteering?

Research | 19 January 2017

Investing in community shares is a simple, direct and engaging way of supporting businesses that serve your community. 

Blog | 15 December 2016

We recently commissioned a case study report to understand more about impact measurement approaches that are being used by charities and social enterprises who have taken on social investment.

Research | 15 December 2016

This report profiles the impact measurement approaches of five organisations who have received different types of social investment products and are delivering a range of activities and services. 

News | 13 December 2016

Big Society Capital has today launched a £15m investment facility for social investors to fund large-scale community-led housing projects

Southmead Development Trust
Blog | 13 December 2016

The UK housing crisis topped the agenda at this year’s Autumn Statement and it isn’t looking like it’s moving from that position any time soon. 

Blog | 13 December 2016

Today the latest report for the Big Lottery Fund’s Commissioning Better Outcomes (CBO) Fund Evaluation is published. The CBO Fund aims to support the development of more social impact bonds (SIBs) in England, and the evaluation is tracking the impact of these SIBs over their lifetime. 

Research | 13 December 2016

The Commissioning Better Outcomes (CBO) Fund aims to support the development of more social impact bonds (SIBs) in England, and the evaluation is tracking the impact of these SIBs over their lifetime. This report provides a summary on the findings from the Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund Evaluation undertaken by Ecorys UK in partnership with ATQ Consultants (ATQ) on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund.

News | 7 December 2016

Three of the fastest growing crowdfunding platforms in the UK will partner with Big Society Capital as part of a unique £10 million Crowd Match Fund to allow the public to invest directly in charities and social enterprises. 

Blog | 5 December 2016

We have today published a research paper written by Deloitte and jointly commissioned by Big Society Capital and the Government Inclusive Economy Unit which focuses on mission-led businesses in the UK. 

Research | 5 December 2016

Mission-led businesses are for-profit businesses which make a powerful commitment to social impact outside the traditional social sector legal forms. This review was launched in response to emerging business and market trends that reflect the growing role for mission-led businesses in the wider market.

Blog | 5 December 2016

South Bristol Sports Centre is a charity created to serve and provide facilities for the local community. We pride ourselves on being able to provide activities and facilities which cater for a wide range of public need. 

Blog | 1 December 2016

Back in June I wrote about a new piece of work we’d embarked on, identifying the key components needed to make a strong intermediary organisation. 

Blog | 29 November 2016

It’s been almost 9 months since I joined Big Society Capital.

Events | 29 November 2016
Location: Bedford
Blog | 28 November 2016

Today we’re publishing a set of principles to guide behaviour and actions at a time when a recovery and resolution plan is needed.

Blog | 25 November 2016

Impact assessment is a key part of the social investment due diligence process and should have parity with financial assessment.

Blog | 24 November 2016

The first learning is that you don’t have to go hungry on £2.50 a day.

Events | 23 November 2016
Location: Science Learning Centre North East (known as Sjovoll Centre), Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ
News | 23 November 2016

The increase in the amount that younger charities and social enterprises can raise through Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) to £1.5 million, announced in the Autumn Statement, is encouraging says Big Society Capital.

Blog | 22 November 2016

This week, I’ve joined a few colleagues participating in the Breadline Challenge, living off no more than £2.50 per day for all my food and drink.