What we do | Big Society Capital
What we do
Building understanding & making investments

Our aim is to improve the lives of people in the UK by connecting investment to charities and social enterprises that are creating social change. We do this by bringing together our investment capital, our expertise and our network of partners.

Building awareness and understanding

We want to make it easier for more people and organisations to use social investment. We do this by working with partners to build understanding of social investment among charities and social enterprises, and also with potential investors.

So far across our engagement work

4,200
people used GoodFinance.org.uk, which we helped co-develop, in its first month

82%
of charities and social enterprises said their understanding of social investment had improved in the past 2 years

110
trusts and foundations now in the Social Impact Investors Group, which we help convene (25 in 2012)

£5m
raised using Social Investment Tax Relief, which we helped lobby for and supported uptake of through the GET SITR campaign

Charity and social enterprise engagement

We work with charities and social enterprises to build their understanding and awareness of social investment

Investor engagement

We work with a range of stakeholders including institutional and individual investors, trusts, charities and foundations

Social impact tools

We support the development of impact measurement

Making investments

We invest in intermediaries, who then invest in charities and social enterprises to tackle social issues across the UK. We focus on sustainable solutions that will achieve positive investment returns. We believe those solutions will be able to attract the most co-investors and, ultimately, achieve the greatest systemic change. 

Our impact on the market so far

£608m
of total social investment deals in 2016 (£200m in 2012)

£306m
of non-bank social investment deals in 2016 (£20m in 2012)

2.3x
match from co-investors across our investments

75%
of our investments went into start-up intermediaries, teams or products

Our investment approach

We actively seek partners to co-design proposals addressing specific social issues and market gaps
We work with intermediaries to develop and assess investment proposals 
We take an active role post-investment to build social and financial performance and share learnings
Apply to us  We invest in intermediaries who provide financial or other support to charities and social enterprises. We do not invest directly in charities or social enterprises

Our current portfolio

Our investments are helping charities and social enterprises make a difference all over the country.

Case studies

Hundreds of charities and social enterprises have already benefited from our investments, via a range of intermediaries. 

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