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Expert insight into social investment and social impact by the CAF Venturesome team.

SUPPORTING RESILIENCE IN THE CHARITABLE SECTOR

Since 2002, we are one of the most active providers of impact-focused social investment in the UK.

We use our experience to have a critical look at the sector. This blog features our views, opinion and news on CAF Venturesome’s activity and on the Social Investment sector as a whole. Keep up to date with us as we help charities and social enterprises thrive.

  • 18 May 2020 

    Celebrating the resilience of social enterprises

    The SE-Assist Fund, managed by CAF Venturesome and funded by Legal & General has, over the last 8 years, offered 44 small social enterprises across Wales, Greater Brighton/Sussex and Croydon interest free social investment loans up to £30,000. We currently have 24 social enterprises in the portfolio and have brought a selection of them together here to share their resilience.

  • 18 May 2020 

    Our partners' views on community-led housing

    We had planned to invite a selection of our funders, partners and investees to give us their thoughts on community-led housing and our new CLH Fund at our official launch event in April.  We've now managed to bring them together in a "virtual" guest panel.  Here's what they had to say ...

  • 13 May 2020 

    Tips for social organisations during the Covid-19 crisis

    Charities and social enterprises are under even more pressure to reduce costs, maximise income where possible, whilst still delivering their social impact and growing where possible.

    We’d like to share some things for you to focus on.

  • 5 May 2020 

    Support in extraordinary times

    Since the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, CAF Venturesome has had many new enquiries for social investment and approximately a third of our portfolio, of over 130 social organisations, has asked for a variation to the terms of their existing loans.  In April, our investment committees approved several new social investments for growth and varied the terms of dozens of our existing loans.  Read how they did it over video and about the organisations we've supported. 

  • 14 April 2020 

    CAF Venturesome Update April 2020

    In these extraordinarily challenging times, the impact on social enterprises and charities will be significant.   CAF Venturesome has a portfolio of over 130 current social investments, and we have spent the past few weeks working closely with as many of them as we can to understand what they’re facing and how we can support them.  I wanted to share what we’ve learned, what we’ve done, and our plans.

     

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