News and Views

  • UK government urged to invest wisely following announcement of £800m from dormant assets for ‘good causes’

    Social enterprise leaders welcome new funds but warn that rolling out £800m Dormant Assets Scheme without careful planning would be a “massive mistake” – while shadow charities minister says policy is “scraping the barrel”.

  • Ford Foundation boss: Philanthropists need to ‘get uncomfortable’ – and fund the troublemakers

    Pursuing justice and dignity, not just charity, means acknowledging complicity in systems of inequality – and backing the 'troublemakers' who will hold you to account, says boss of influential US foundation.

  • £1m windfall to support England's refugee and migrant entrepreneurs

    Social enterprise secures new EU funding to help 500 migrant and refugee entrepreneurs ‘thrive’ in the West of England and the West Midlands – as Covid-19 spotlights ‘massive need’ for specialised business support.

  • ‘Secret agent’ foundations can nudge corporates – but beware wishful thinking

    Beware enthusiasm doesn't become naivety – we need to confront the reality of business, says Trafigura Foundation boss Vincent Faber, as he looks back at the buzz of a recent gathering of corporate social investors.

  • Bright sparks: Social investors and entrepreneurs named in 2021 New Year Honours

    Damehood for Caroline Mason, the boss of leading grantmaker and social investor Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, plus accolades for many more in New Year Honours – but questions around an award of ‘empire’ persist.

  • Impact Finance Bulletin: Housing hots up for UK’s SASC with board expansion and £60m raise for dedicated fund

    PLUS: New impact firm Engine No. 1 to ‘harness capitalism for positive change’; Turner Impact Capital closes $350m workforce housing fund; IIX launches $27m bond to help women rebuild livelihoods, December impact reports; and more.