The Alternative Commission on Social Investment: 10 Key Recommendations for Social Sector Organisations

Last Friday, the Alternative Commission on Social Investment launched its recommendations into how we can improve the social investment market. Its foundation being that “while many individuals and organisations in the UK are successfully using finance to support social good, the idea of ‘social investment’ and the ‘social investment market’ are neither living up to … Continue reading The Alternative Commission on Social Investment: 10 Key Recommendations for Social Sector Organisations

Mismanaged by whom? A take on the BB Group’s failure and the social sectors own failings

I have had some very useful input into this blog from colleagues, funders, even ex-BB Group staff members. I am aware it presses a certain argument, that I think essential to have, but wouldn’t want this to be seen as too forceful critique of many of the players mentioned. Just a slightly different take on … Continue reading Mismanaged by whom? A take on the BB Group’s failure and the social sectors own failings

If social sector funders were actually like Venture Capitalists

Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment are popular and fashionable fields at the moment, two potential innovations in the social sectors which are hyped to revolutionise the way in which finance is directed towards tackling social and environmental issues. They aim to bring the most successful innovations of high finance to bear on social issues. They … Continue reading If social sector funders were actually like Venture Capitalists

Growing, not scaling: Realising the mountain isn’t a molehill

In all conversations about social innovation, scale is a topic that is never far from people’s lips. But it remains ever intangible. In an age in which companies like Google and Facebook can rise from nothing in only a few years to be masters of the universe, the social sectors struggle to get anything to … Continue reading Growing, not scaling: Realising the mountain isn’t a molehill

History lessons that will inspire the future of our sector

This first published on the Student Hubs blog. Today, we are proud to be sponsoring the launch of a new study into the history of our sector: Dr. Georgina Brewis’ century-spanning A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980. In this blog you can see a few of the images which illustrate the diversity … Continue reading History lessons that will inspire the future of our sector