News and Views

  • How impact investors can help a Biden administration restore American leadership and ‘build back better’

    As Joe Biden takes over as US president – and takes on a daunting to-do list – the US Impact Investing Alliance’s Fran Seegull shares three ways investors can play their part in building an equitable, resilient future.

  • Britain’s got talent? Big Society Capital seeks stellar social investment ideas

    Social enterprises, charities and fund managers can get up to £30,000 plus in-kind support to develop new impact investment ideas with the potential to “transform lives”. Apply by 1 March.

  • 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.