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.

  • 5 November 2018 

    Welcome to our newest Investment Executive

    Alex McAleavy has recently joined us as an Investment Executive, managing a portfolio of social investments across all funds, with responsibilities ranging from assessing investment applications to monitoring existing investee performances. We find out what inspires him.
  • 25 October 2018 

    Case Study: The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School

    We explore how a social investment loan from CAF Venturesome has helped the Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School grow its team to generate more income to offer bursaries to children from all backgrounds and abilities so they can follow their dreams of going to stage school.
  • 2 October 2018 

    Critical lessons for charity trustees

    We thought this blog post from our colleague Beth Clarke, Programme Manger CAF Resilience worth sharing on our Venturesome blog. She’s also a trustee of charity that is currently closing down. Read her honest account about this experience and the lessons that she has for other charity trustees and boards.

  • 25 September 2018 

    Social enterprises are a big deal

    Social enterprises employ 2m people in this country (that’s more than the creative industries!) – and contribute 3% of GDP.  These findings – from an important piece of research published last week by Social Enterprise UK, the Co-op Group and Nationwide Building Society – make clear that previous government estimates of the economic contribution made by social enterprises have been woeful under-estimates.
  • 10 September 2018 

    CAF's New Fundraising Guide

    As an impact-focused social investor we make sure we give social enterprises and charities practical advice and support with governance and financial systems. We help management and trustees to put in place robust financial measures that will not only ensure that they are able to re-pay their loan but, more importantly, generate income to grow their social impact.

    This is why we are delighted to share the news with you that CAF have just launched a new Fundraising Guide.


Unsecured loans to help you thrive

We provide affordable financial support to charities, and social enterprise funding, when other lenders may be unable to help.

Social investment webinar

In this webinar we give you practical advice and guidance on how to utilise social investment.

Meet the team behind CAF Venturesome

An introduction to our team, who have a wealth of expertise in helping charities access social investment.