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Blended finance is transforming social investment

10 Aug 2016 | Seb Elsworth

The concept of blended finance is all the rage in the world of social investment, says Seb Elsworth, but what is it and why does it matter to charities and social enterprises?

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Mainstream banks and social investment – complementary tools in the toolkit?

A recent report from RBS said UK banks are lending over £3bn to social organisations. Geetha Rabindrakumar responds saying that social investment aims to fill those gaps not met by mainstream lending.

Don't underestimate how paying trustees will affect decision-making

Allowing charities to pay trustees without permission from the Charity Commission would fundamentally change the sector, says Gareth Jones.

Emily Petersen

Cazenove's Emily Petersen sheds light on the economic outlook after Brexit for the UK's charitable investors. 

Storms make trees take deeper roots

The new half-year transaction figures from Big Society Capital demonstrate that despite the political hurricanes of recent weeks, social investment is continuing to flourish, says Cliff Prior.


It is grotesque to hear that an executive of an anti-poverty charity demands to be paid fives times the UK median wage.

» The CEO's pay must be set by trustees

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