The Social Investment Forum is the national forum for social investment and finance intermediaries (SIFIs).
Working together as a network of SIFIs, the aim of the Forum is to co-ordinate policy and practical work to improve the way the social investment market works for all concerned.
Allia is a charity that supports organisations dedicated to making social impact and creates innovative finance solutions. One of its key initiatives is Retail Charity Bonds – an issuing platform to raise loan finance for charities through bonds issued to retail and wholesale investors and listed on London Stock Exchange.
Big Issue Invest (BII) is the social investment arm of The Big Issue. Our mission is to back sustainable social enterprises and ventures that help tackle poverty and inequality.
We help scale up social enterprises and charities throughout the UK by providing loans and investments, not grants, from £50,000 to £1 million. BII can also work with partner social investors to provide finance above £1 million.
Big Society Capital is a ‘social investment wholesaler’ which provides finance to social investment finance intermediaries (SIFIs). Our mission is twofold:
As an investor: To have a transformative impact on the social investment market in the UK by supporting social investment finance intermediaries // As a champion: to increase awareness of and confidence in social investment
Bridges Ventures is a specialist fund manager, dedicated to using an impact-driven investment approach to create superior returns for both investors and society at-large. We believe that market forces and entrepreneurship can be harnessed to do well by doing good.
CAN Invest is a social investment and finance intermediary specialising in social fund set-up, social impact measurement, impact due diligence and pipeline. It also runs its own CAN Breakthrough fund.
The CDFA is the trade association which supports and represents community development finance institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs provide loans and support to people who find it difficult to access finance from the commercial banks. The CDFA exists to create a thriving community finance industry, which brings social and financial benefits to neighbourhoods across the UK
CAF Venturesome provides affordable financial support to charities, social enterprises and community groups when grants may not be available and access to traditional financial institutions is difficult. We offer financial support of between £25,000 and £250,000.
At Charity Bank we use the money saved with us to lend to charities and social enterprises that help improve and enrich the society we live in.
The City of London Corporation has established a £20m fund for investment in activities that produce both social and financial returns.
The City of London Corporation Social Investment Fund is overseen by a Social Investment Board and managed by City Bridge Trust. The Fund aims to achieve a positive financial return and demonstrable social benefit.
ClearlySo helps social entrepreneurs raise capital, and introduces investors to exciting investment opportunities. Our goal is to grow the social investment marketplace and help build a more social economy.
Esmee Fairbairn has pioneered social investment as a grant-making foundaiton. In 2008 we launched our social investment fund, the Finance Fund. With a target commitment level of £35 million to reach a draw down of £26 million the Finance Fund is a "social impact first" fund that invests in charities, social enterprises and intermediaries with the objective of generating a financial return alongside a positive social impact.
FSE's provides tailored funding solutions and support for ambitious and innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to help them achieve their maximum potential. This includes the provision of fund management services, training and consultancy, and the management of business angel networks. Most recently they also provided funding and support to businesses and organisations in the social enterprise sector.
Investing for Good mobilises investment capital into social purpose organisations. Our vision is for a financial system that enables socially-motivated investors to make investments that connect money to social value.
NESTA has an Impact Investment Fund investing in high potential, early-stage social ventures, and it also supports other social investment intermediaries through investment in funds or support for incubation work. NESTA Investment Management, which manages the fund, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NESTA.
Through RBS MicroFinance Funds (MFF), we are helping potential and existing social entrepreneurs who are unable to access sufficient finance through mainstream channels. We look to support viable charities, social enterprises, community interest companies and co-operatives who are sustainable, deliver high levels of social value and are investment ready. The MFF is offering Loan Funding of between £30,000 and £1m.
Social and Sustainable Capital is a fund manager specialising in investing in organisations with a social focus. We support the growth of scalable business models that deliver meaningful and measurable social impact and sustainable financial results. We provide investment in the form of loans and equity investments from £250,000 to £3million.
Social Finance is committed to finding new ways of driving capital into the UK social sector. It does this through investment readiness, social impact bonds, healthcare work, local government activitiy, corporate finance, and growing international work.
At the Social Stock Exchange we showcase Social Impact Businesses that have taken the step to evidence their impact via the publication of an Impact Report. We believe that robust revenue and growth businesses with social and environmental aims at the core of their activities are best equipped to generate positive change. We call these Social Impact Businesses. Our aim is to provide stakeholders with the information they need to identify and compare those organisations that deliver value to society and the environment.
The Social Investment Business Group is made up of the charity, Adventure Capital Fund, and its social enterprise, The Social Investment Business. We are one of the UK's largest social investors and have made over 1300 investments in civil society organisations ranging from under £5,000 to almost £7 million.
Triodos is a global pioneer of sustainable banking. Our mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. The social businesses we finance work to improve and enrich the lives of millions of people; tackling inequality and injustice.
UnLtd Ventures is the ventures arm of UnLtd, the Foundation for social entrepreneurs. It runs the Big Venture Challenge and supports UnLtd's fast-growth social entrepreneurs with a combination of funding and support.