DIY Social Investment

Enabling organisations to raise social investment on their own terms

About the project ‘DIY Social Investment’ is an initiative created by Flip Finance to enable social enterprises and charities to create their own social investment opportunities and to offer them directly to people. It is aimed at social organisations seeking repayable finance – particularly in the range of £5,000 to £150,000 – who are unable […]

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Accessing Mainstream Finance

Investigating the scale of the UK bank investment and lending to social sector organisations

About the project ‘Accessing Mainstream Finance’ is a Flip Finance project focussed on better understanding the availability of mainstream finance for social organisations and catalysing further opportunities. It is aimed at social enterprises and charities seeking finance, banks who want to serve the social sector better. It is needed because mainstream finance has the systems and […]

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Unchartered Finance

In search of the missing billion...

‘Social Investment’ continues to attract significant amounts of rhetoric, policy focus, financial support and media coverage. Yet social investment is often understood inconsistently, narrowly and inaccurately. In our work on Accessing Mainstream Finance, we are exploring how banks actually provide significant amounts of finance to social enterprises and charities. But finance doesn’t just come from […]

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Sprints & Drinks

Regular events coordinated by Flip Finance

What are Sprints & Drinks? The purpose of our ‘Sprints & Drinks’ events are two-fold: First, we use this as a regular meet up where individuals bring specific social investment related projects, issues and challenges to be worked on by a wider group of people for a short time (the Sprint). Second, we bring people together in […]

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What’s Next For…

A series of articles exploring possible futures for the world of social investment in the UK

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Foundational Thinking

Going back to basics with grant-making trusts and foundations

The Alternative Commission on Social Investment argued that finance for social sector organisations is not working as well as it could – that too little is getting to the places it is needed and that responses to social needs are struggling to thrive. Alongside repayable finance that attracts a good deal of the attention at the moment, […]

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CIVA Invests

A new fund and approach to small-scale social investment

The Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA) is a charity and company that was set up in 1995 by Michael Norton and was chaired from its inception, until his death in 2014, by the lawyer Stephen Lloyd. CIVA is led by a group of principals, who work on their own projects but collaborate wherever possible. Current […]

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