Social investment is finance provided to the voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSEs) sector by investors. Social investors expect to get their money back, with interest, and want to see evidence of positive social change as a result of their investment. Social investors include social banks, social investment funds and private individuals.
Many charities and social enterprises would benefit from social investment to help them realise their ambitions to scale, to generate more unrestricted income and to become less reliant on grants and donations. However, getting ready for social investment can sometimes seem like a daunting process, and something that is outside of the management team and trustees’ comfort zone and experience.
The Social Investment Consultancy is committed to bridging the gap between the VCSEs and social investors and to supporting the sector as a whole to evolve and develop its approach to delivering social change. We can support you on your investment readiness journey in a number of ways
We have supported ten clients to date to explore whether social investment is right for them, helping them to build a case for social investment and supporting a number of them through the process towards a specific investment deal.
Our experience has demonstrated to us that there is a wealth of opportunity for investment in the VCSE sector, and a growing appetite in the investment sector to release finance to ambitious social organisations who are making a real difference in their communities.
Whether you are wondering about social investment as a potential option for the future or whether you have a specific proposal for social investment in mind, we can support you to get closer to your goals. This document lays out a number of different pathways of support, and if they are of interest we would love to start a conversation with you!
Student Hubs is a national charity that aims to empower university students to shape a better world. It currently works in 10 universities, reaching more than 30,000 students annually. Through Big Potential, TSIC supported Student Hubs to secure social investment from a prominent social investor. TSIC conducted a feasibility study to establish key areas of expansion to include the profile of universities, departments and individuals who were most likely to commission their services. The business plan will likely to take them to national coverage and financial sustainability.
If any of the above resonates with you, please get in touch with Bonnie Chiu at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what we can offer to fit your needs.
You can also access our support through Big Potential Breakthrough, a BIG Lottery Fund, aiming at charities and social enterprises with the ambition to raise up to £500,000 of social investment. Big Potential provides grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for organisations to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential’s approved providers like TSIC.
Big Lottery Fund’s Big Potential Fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England.