How we work

Big Society Capital helps improve the lives of people in the UK through social impact investment. We work with expert partners to understand people’s needs first. Then, using our knowledge and capital, we collaborate and invest with fund managers who also want to create a better, sustainable future.


Key stats

  • 1,200+

    Number of social enterprises and charities receiving money from Big Society Capital and other investors

  • £640m

    Total amount of signed Big Society Capital investments

  • £1.4bn

    Total amount from other investors alongside us

Focus areas

We work in three areas where our experience has shown us that social impact investment can help create a better, sustainable future.

  • Third Space Learning 6.JPG

    Early action

    We want to tackle social issues at an early stage, either to stop them occurring or to prevent them from worsening.

    Learn more
  • Homes for Good 3.jpg


    We want to create a more inclusive housing market, providing high quality, safe and affordable homes so people can lead better lives.

    Learn more
  • South Bristol Sports Centre_12.jpg


    We want to build partnerships that can help communities develop vibrant, local social economies which reduce poverty and iron out inequality.

    Learn more

Support and networks

We have a vision where every investment helps improve people's lives. Through our networks and partners, we can provide access to specialist knowledge and support to help social enterprises and charities, fund managers and investors fulfil their aims.

Annual Review

We know that investment can help charities and social enterprises achieve more. Alongside other investors, we have made over £1.9 billion of new capital available to organisations with a social mission, through investments into fund managers and social banks. Find out more in our 2018 Annual Review.