News and Views

  • NatWest SE100: Apply now for the Social Business Awards 2020 (deadline: 31 Jan 2020)

    Pioneers Post and NatWest are once again seeking entries for the NatWest SE100 Index and Social Business Awards. Don't miss your chance to be counted among the UK's top social enterprises in an extra special year, as we mark the 10th anniversary of the SE100.

  • From grants to investing – and back again?

    What happens when a philanthropic foundation starts offering repayable finance? Anything from stronger relationships with investees to “awful situations”, as we heard recently. Pioneers Post digs a little deeper.

  • All to play for: one community’s bid for £1.5m to kickstart a new future

    Twelve of England’s most disadvantaged communities are competing for a chance for much-needed social investment, as part of the new Local Access fund. In Gainsborough, we find out why the stakes are so high.

  • Impact Finance Bulletin: Tech founders raise ‘biggest impact fund yet’ for Nordic/European businesses

    PLUS: US philanthropy heavyweights back new ‘Tipping Point Fund’; new blended finance agribusiness fund makes first investment, UK universities set up responsible investment network, and more.

  • How to get social investment back on track: A checklist for foundations

    Social investors are too busy looking to the rooftops, instead of spending time helping investees build strong and solid foundations – leaving a clear role for impact-first foundations moving into this space.