Helping to Shape Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Social Investment Strategy

Joseph Rowntree Foundation has commissioned Small Change and The Good Economy to help align its social investment activities more directly with its strategic outcomes. JRF’s vision is for a {...}

Is social investment dead without more venture philanthropy?

There is stagnation in the charity sector: new ideas are unable to breakthrough because grant-making in the UK is not flexible enough to promote innovation, growth and sustainability. Without {...}

How can we develop the sustainability and entrepreneurialism of social enterprises?

What can social investors do to help develop a pipeline of social investment ready social enterprises and community businesses? The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), with Access, will discuss {...}

Social impact finance and urban regeneration

Exploring the opportunity for greater social impact finance in the property development and urban regeneration market. This is high on MHCLG’s agenda and I think they would be interested {...}

Growing the social investment pie

Are there enough investable entrepreneurs? Is there the “right” investors and capital? These questions have hurled back and forth for the last few years, but are we doing enough {...}

For your due diligence, you need what?!?!

Different investors/ funders have different investment objectives creating different requests and requirements when investigating a potential investment or funding opportunity. For investees/ grant recipients, this creates a significant burden {...}

Data, data, everywhere…

As input to a report that will be published by Barclays and the ScaleUp Institute in Q1 2019, a dataset of 267 UK deals in profit-with-purpose businesses, amounting to {...}

Social impact management – aggregation challenges and solutions

The session will explore the important impact questions that social purpose organisations need to address and how this can assist investors and funders to aggregate at the portfolio level

Impact in the city: can place-based investing address inequality where others have failed?

In cities like Bristol, positive economic growth figures mask a deepening inequality across social and ethnic communities. Find out how a place-based, collaborative approach can promote systemic change that {...}

Building a pipeline when your investment objectives are relatively narrow

How can we build a pipeline of social investments to consider when the objectives we’re trying to meet are very specific? Is it a matter of better or more {...}

Putting social entrepreneurs at the heart of social investment

Bridging the missing middle? Crossing the chasm? So much of what we hear at impact and social investment events talks of deal flow, market returns etc. So little attention {...}

Great ideas but no investor

Why are there so many great ideas and social impact funds that go unfunded? Do we need to spend more time understanding the needs of the investor before designing {...}

The rules of the road for impact investment

2019 is likely to be the year when the rules of the road for impact finance are set out on a global scale – IFC have proposed principles, GIIN {...}

Connecting civil society and social investment with the people it’s for

Julia Unwin has set out the PACT challenge to civil society – how to reconnect with underserved communities, and to enable people to lead their own futures. What does {...}

Preaching to the unconverted

The messaging around social investment is very much about doing the right thing and speaks to those who want to do it because it is right to do good/values {...}

Democratising social finance

SITR, ISAs, CSOs and retail charity bonds.

Joining the “B” hive

A discussion of profit with purpose.

Apps, platforms and the unintended consequences of the tech revolution

From Fintech to Tech4Good, technology is creating new approaches and opportunities. How can social investors engage with the tech revolution and help those we invest in make better use {...}

Headlines of the Future

What do we want the headlines in Pioneers Post to say in 10 years’ time? What would we most like to see and what would we be most frightened {...}

(Don’t say Br*x*t) DCMS briefing

The government wants to build ‘a culture of impact investing’ in the UK. From tax and regulation to new initiatives, what is happening across government to make this a {...}

Awakening the sleeping giants

Four housing association giants are launching a new social investment fund. Big Society Capital is funding a new Social Innovation in Homes fellowship… Is the huge social housing sector {...}

Crowdfunding and community shares: the good, the bad and the ugly

Who is innovating and what are they doing around crowdfunding and community shares? When is crowdfunding really investment, and when is it just clever fundraising? Why does it sometimes {...}

Playing the long game

An update on pensions… How do we get more IFAs and wealth managers to engage with this space – do we actually still need them?

Filling the difficult gaps: equity, liquidity and the secondary market

Who is doing what to fill the equity gap, or is it just too difficult to achieve? How do we encourage/educate social entrepreneurs to use enterprise structures that allow {...}

Building the social investment infrastructure

From Access and Big Society Capital to The Social Investment Business and Power2Change – who’s doing what to build the social investment infrastructure, and how does it fit together {...}

Do I want you in my sandbox?

Are those with philanthropic and those with commercial capital playing nicely together? How do we resolve the tensions between philanthropic and commercial capital – and the very different views {...}

How patient is patient capital?

What products should we be looking at if we want to prioritise impact? How are we using different products such a longer form/concessional finance/blended finance? What are we doing {...}

Bracing for impact!

How do we deal with failure? As an investor when an investment is not going well, when do you make the trade off between financial and social return?

Whose impact is it anyway?

What are we all doing to raise the bar on impact? Are we remembering to give impact a strong enough voice on the investment committee? What’s the difference between {...}

Oiling the wheels (not the gravy train)

What feedback are we getting about the investment process from our investees? What are we doing to ease the investment process and make it as swift and painless as {...}

Encouraging new voices

What have we been doing to make finance more accessible to diverse groups, sectors and geographies? How has it been successful and what can we improve?

Bold commissioners

How can we get local authorities to buy into what we do as investors? At a time of austerity there is an even stronger case to work collaboratively. Who {...}

Finding the right balance of yield

My name is Paolo Casamassima and I am the Founder of a Social Impact fund called Bighous. We are aiming to build a fund focused on redeveloping abandoned buildings {...}

Hypocrisy of corporates

I’ve been reflecting recently on the issue of big corporations and high net worth people avoiding tax. If we look at the countries that seem to have less inequality {...}

Early stage finance in emerging markets

Early stage entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia struggle to secure growth finance (£100 – 500k) for their businesses. Banks consider these investments as high-risk and if they do lend {...}