How does a social investment intermediary outlive shifting political winds, a global financial crisis, and much more? Matt Smith, CEO of Sheffield-based Key Fund, reflects on two decades of taking risks and staying true to the mission.
PLUS: Access Foundation's flexible finance grantees; Irish government offers €1m for social enterprise awareness-raising; Key Fund reports £447m 'total impact'; Olio and Oddbox lure investors; Social Finance raises $50m; and more.
Government sees clear role for impact investing in driving ‘levelling up’ agenda in face of massive social and economic inequality – and financiers are getting on board with the new concept of equality impact investing.
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.
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.
Sweet treats selected from your social enterprise and impact investing news releases. This week: €800k for Irish social enterprise training, new fund for fashion industry innovations, soap enterprise invites others to "steal its staff", and more...
The social investment intermediary Numbers for Good is to close by the end of March, citing 'difficult market conditions for advisory services in the sector' and 'continual pressure on the level of fee income'.