Social investment and impact investing


Increasing the positive impact of all investments: Helping fund managers walk the walk

By Jake Levy
on 29 September 2020 , 3 minute read

Snowball, a fund management firm that seeks to maximise social and environmental impact, sets out how their new framework measures and assesses the impact of an investment.

Peter O'Flynn

Is impact investing just ‘cuddly capitalism’?

on 2 March 2020 , 2 minute read

'Cuddly capitalism' needs a clear way of assessing if it's doing good. At NPC we have long argued that to attract more capital towards solving the world's most pressing social and environmental issues, investors need more transparency around returns; both financial and impact.


Auditing the impact practice of ‘sustainable’ investments

on 6 December 2019 , 3 minute read

More than a quarter of the assets run by US fund managers are deemed as ‘sustainable’. How is 'sustainable' defined and who is keeping an eye on the credentials and the impact practice of these funds?


Lessons from the Connect Fund: Building a better social investment market

on 1 October 2019 , 4 minute read

Plum Lomax, NPC's Principal for Impact Investing introduces our work with the Connect Fund and their efforts to build the social investment market in England.


The Ballad of Ronnie (Cohen)

By Anoushka Kenley & Dan Corry
on 4 March 2019

U2's Bono and a private equity firm seem like an unlikely pair to solve the question of impact measurement. Nevertheless, they are having a go. What pitfalls do they need to avoid?

Dan Corry

Post-Peterborough, let’s keep debating the value of SIBs

on 22 August 2017

A few weeks ago there was a lot of champagne popping about the world’s first Social Impact Bond as the results of its evaluation were released. But we should be cautious about leaping to conclusions, Dan Corry warns.

Tris Lumley

Long read: Towards a tipping point for impact investment

on 25 July 2017

There is much to be excited about with the progress of the impact investment market. But there are still challenges to surmount. Tris Lumley talks through the who the what and the how of overcoming these barriers.


Does the Commission on the Donor Experience promote donor-centric or donor-led fundraising?

on 7 July 2017

The recent report by the Commission on the Donor Experience has been received by both applause, and a thread of concern. In many ways, the report is a valuable resource for the sector, but it fails to adequately address the fundamental principle of fundraising.


How can philanthropy support children in care?

on 1 June 2017

Children in care and care leavers are some of the most vulnerable young people in society, with their outcomes still incredibly bleak in comparison to their peers. In recent research we outlined the type of work funders can support in order to help improve looked-after childrens' life chances. Here Rosanna Thomasoo gives an overview of what we found.


Using SIBs to solve problems we already know how to fix

By Steve Goldberg
on 30 May 2017

The House of Lord’s Select Committee on Charities' Stronger charities for a stronger society report recently proclaimed: 'the government’s focus on [Social Impact Bonds] has been disproportionate to their potential impact.' Here Steve Goldberg explains why he disagrees.

James Noble headshot

Education, enterprise, evidence (and the Eighteenth Century?)

on 14 December 2016

Terms like 'start-up' and 'social enterprise' sound like brand new approaches to pervasive social issues. But, as he explains below, James Noble has found that the model is not quite as new as we might think. And like the social enterprises of old, modern ventures need a solid approach to understanding and improving the success of their work. Read about an 'olde worlde' approach to social impact, and our guide for today's start-ups.