Investing for Good believes that the positive use of money has the ability to change the world. We channel mainstream investment capital into charities, social enterprises and profit with purpose organisations in order to create social good.
Investing for Good was founded in 2004 on the basis of a simple insight: that the positive use of money can change the world. We were inspired by a new class of investments that mobilised the power of finance to catalyse social good.
We are dedicated to growing the social investment market, and continue to find innovative solutions to address social organisations’ financing needs. Investing for Good played an instrumental role in the creation of the Arts Impact Fund, the first unsecured loan fund of its kind in the world that explicitly takes into account, not just financial returns, but also the artistic and social impact of the organisations it supports.
Investing for Good pioneered the social bond concept by issuing disability charity Scope’s £20m Bond Programme. Launched in May 2012, it was the first bond to be listed on an established stock exchange by a UK operational charity. The charity bond market has since grown substantially with over £121 million of capital subsequently being raised by charities through listed and unlisted bond issues in the UK alone.
Peter Crowne, COO at Scope, said:
“We are proud to have led the way in this space, finding new ways of fundraising in the capital markets. We have watched the social investment market grow over the last few years and it is great that we can tell the story of what it has achieved and that we have paid it back.”
“The money raised has made a very positive impact on the disabled people and their families that Scope supports. For example, it has helped to fund our Face 2 Face program, a peer support scheme for parents of disabled children across the country.”
Our core concept has always been to manage money in a way that encompasses both financial and social interests. Yet while an array of tools already existed for looking at the financial side, far fewer resources had been devoted toward understanding social impact. In direct response to our own need for better impact analysis, we set up a research team, and started investigating how it could be done.
Our work led to the development of a unique methodology, published in The Good Analyst and The Good Investor. We have worked with many of the UK’s largest social investors and social organisations to help them implement our methodology, which is widely adopted in the impact investment space.
These resources compile best practice guidelines for social organisations and investors alike to help them articulate and measure their impact. The publications underpin all our Impact Services.
Inspired by the potential of social investment to create change, we continue to be an innovator and thought-leader across the investment market.