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There are six reasons why charities and social enterprises will own the next chapter in the development of social investment, says our columnist
Social investment has yet to justify the bold claims once made for it, but has it proved to be a failure? Liam Kay canvasses opinion from the sector
A dispute between the cosmetics firm and its associated foundation led ultimately to the closure of the charity
The chief executive of Allia believes social impact bonds can help to democratise society
Whether or not a social investment is being made is determined by the motivation of the charity, so the definition is wide, writes our columnist
Social investment has been much hyped in recent years, but it remains an enigma to many. The new chief executive of the social investment wholesaler Big Society Capital tells Liam Kay how he intends to demystify this market
Despite limited success so far, the sector should hang in there with social finance, argues the founder of Stepping Out
The Conservative Party made much of its plans for social investment in its election manifesto - so how is that coming along? Sam Burne James and Stephen Cook examine the state of play
Clarify your aims, involve the trustees and use intermediaries, says the grants and social investment officer at the City Bridge Trust
Is it possible to lock social goals into the structure of for-profit businesses? The questions has polarised opinion among proponents of the social economy, as Stephen Cook reports
Adrian Pashley provides an overview of recent developments in voluntary sector law, on behalf of the Charity Law Association
The notion that a fund might deliver social returns can lead to suspicion about its financial performance - so sometimes it pays to keep quiet about them, writes our columnist
An announcement from the Swedish government on pension funds and carbon footprints came as a surprise, writes our columnist
Sam Burne James assesses the political status of social investment and how the market can move forward
Legal experts, including Jonathan Brinsden of Bircham Dyson Bell, have generally welcomed the Law Commission's proposal for a new power to guide trustees on tax matters - but there are still questions to be answered, finds Sam Burne James
The decision not to continue the pilot scheme for reducing reoffending has put SIBs under fresh scrutiny. Edward Lander and Stephen Cook report
The Peterborough social impact bond pilot achieved much of what it set out to do, but the main failure has been in influencing the commissioners, writes Nick Temple
To build a new financial market means supporting investors who take a long-term, values-oriented and client-centred view. Not-for-profits should resist the temptation of attractive rates at high-street banks, writes Rodney Schwartz
There seems to be to be an increasing understanding that tackling large, intractable problems relies on previously siloed sectors working together, writes Nick Temple
Social impact can be just as important as the bottom line, says the chief executive of ClearlySo, which helps social entrepreneurs raise capital
There has been some progress in making social investment less London-centric, writes Nick Temple
Charities don't seem to be convinced of the potential social finance presents, writes Caron Bradshaw
This mix of inclusivity and meaning is the key to democratising social investment, writes Nick Temple
Rodney Schwartz asks how entrepreneurial a social entrepreneur can be
Transparency can help us all to see our own areas to improve, as well as those of others, writes Nick Temple
Fledgling projects such as Teens and Toddlers might be a template for funding of work by smaller charities
There are thousands of high net worth people ready and willing to back social entrepreneurs, writes our columnist
The chief executive of Social Finance says it is developing more than just social impact bonds
In social finance, there are 'purists' and 'ladderists', according to Rodney Schwartz
The incentive could be another part of the jigsaw that helps get appropriate finance to organisations that need it to continue their work, writes Nick Temple
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