Charitable trusts and foundations’ engagement in the social investment market

Published by Association of Charitable Foundations. 2013, UK. 20 pages.

Authors: Nikki Jeffrey and Richard Jenkins.

This briefing, based on a survey of members of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), is the first piece of research specially focused on the behaviours, attitudes and interests of UK charitable foundations in relation to ‘social investment’. In this report ‘social investment’ means investments that provide a social as well as a financial return, ranging from, for example, straightforward loans to performance-related bonds.

It aims to present the key points and implications of that research for policy-makers and those seeking to build the social investment market. It is not intended to be a guide to social investment for practitioners, but we hope that the information will be of interest to foundations themselves.

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