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CAF Venturesome


A different way to support social enterprises and charities


During this global crisis, many charities are facing financial difficulties and struggling to deliver much needed support to the most vulnerable and to our communities. Visit our COVID-19 hub for further information, including about our CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund,  and how you can support the charitable sector right now.

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The COVID-19 crisis has badly affected social organisations, financially and operationally, many would welcome the opportunity to repay their loans over 10 years instead of our current five.  Therefore we are giving a great deal of thought as to what new products we can offer to support social organisations recover and grow.  We recently held a webinar with the Private Client Team on the need for more patient, risk-bearing capital for social investment. 

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We are the social investment team at CAF.  We are proud to be part of CAF, a charity helping other charities, supporting them by using philanthropic money specifically given to drive social impact.  

CAF Venturesome is one of the most active social investors in the UK.  We are unique in the UK as we use philanthropic capital to fund our social investments.  Our funders - individuals and their families, grant-making trusts and corporate foundations - have played a vital role in piloting social investment. The growth of social investment, funded by responsible, sustainable and impact-driven capital, has been genuinely transformative. Much of this growth is due to the catalytic and risk-taking role philanthropic capital plays in so many different ways - be it impact-focused high-risk social investments, blended finance, funding for additional support to investees, and much more.

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Social investment is the use of money to achieve a social as well as a financial return.  By social return, we mean intentionally supporting meaningful social impact; by financial, we mean the return of at least most of the philanthropic capital you lend.

As an alternative to giving your charitable funds to one organisation, you can make a social investment loan to CAF Venturesome for 6-8 years.  From our funds, we make flexible, affordable loans to social enterprises and charities and as the money is repaid, we lend it out to other social organisations so your money and social impact are multiplied again and again.  At the end of the loan, we can repay the capital to your charitable trust account or you can recommit it for a further term.  You can also choose to support CAF Venturesome with a grant.

Philanthropy vs social investment


We specialise in making small social investment loans to social enterprises and charities needing less than £150,000 of finance.  However, our range of social investment products means that we can lend anything between £10,000 and £400,000 plus, depending on the fund.

Build capacity with the Development Fund

The Development Fund

Our main fund offering loans from £25,000 to £400,000+ to build the capacity of high-impact social organisations.

About the Development Fund
Build affordable homes for local communities

Community Land Trust Fund

Our CLT Fund offers loans and blended finance from £20,000 to £350,000+ to CLTs building affordable homes in the community.

About the CLT Fund
Funding and mentoring to social enterprises

SE-Assist Fund

Our place based fund working with business, the community and the public sector to help early stage social enterprises with interest free loans up to £30,000.

About the SE-Assist Fund


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hubbub case study


  • Environment
  • £152,000 part loan/part standby facility

Investing in social media campaigns to create a vlog which has inspired over 15 million people to think differently about how they treat the environment.

Read how Hubbub are making people take notice

Vennture case study


  • Communities
  • £50,000 standby facility

How social investment bridged the gap until a local authority grant was paid, meaning that a community charity in Hereford could deliver contracts and make growth plans.

Read how social impact is reaping awards

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Philanthropy services


Contact us about our philanthropy services and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can help.

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Other options for your charitable giving

Achieve your philanthropic goals using our experience of the charitable sector. We can help you achieve your long-term giving goals with minimum fuss.

CAF Venturesome News

Get the latest news and views in the world of 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.