Ana-Julia Van Bilsen Irias

Investment Executive

Charities Aid Foundation


18 December 2017

2017 has been quite a year. Here at CAF Venturesome we’ve been lucky enough to support another 30 amazing charities and social enterprises, providing them with much needed affordable, repayable finance to help them make a bigger impact. We couldn’t be prouder of their achievements and have enjoyed celebrating their much deserved success and recognition.

As the year draws to a close, we thought we would share some of the inspirational stories and successes that showcase just how brilliant our investees have been this year. You can read more case studies and keep up to date with all the exciting developments here at CAF Venturesome by visiting our blog.


This year we've increased the total number of social investments made through CAF Venturesome to over 550. And we continue to support exciting organisations that are delivering valuable services across all sectors, including:

  • Hereford Vennture - providing working capital to a vital local charity
  • Empower - supporting the growth of an early stage social enterprise
  • Somerset Co-housing CLT - supporting the construction of 20 affordable rental flats in Taunton
  • Street Impact social impact bond - helping to reduce homelessness (more details coming soon!)

Read our latest case studies


We've been busy this year attending workshops, conferences and gatherings across the country, raising the profile of social investment as an effective tool to sustain and grow impact for charities and social enterprises. We've really enjoyed spending time with some inspirational organisations - in particular, spending #givingtuesday with some of our investees.

Read more about what we got up to on #givingtuesday


Many of our investees were recognised for their fantastic achievements during 2017. These include recognition for Cemal Ezel and Change Please at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, Local Food Links being shortlisted in the prestigious EDUcatering Exellence Awards, Street League at the Third Sector Awards, Fair Finance at the UK Business Angels Association Awards, and more!

Fabulous female leaders at our investees hiSbe, The Reader Organisation and Timewise were all recognised by WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100).

And, last but not least, our work with the pioneering Hubbub Foundation UK was shortlisted at the very glamorous UK Social Enterprise Awards.

We couldn’t have done it without our supporters, so here’s a big thank you from the team. We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The CAF Venturesome Team