We hear a fair bit about social investment - using investment capital to generate social as well as financial returns. There are lots of big players and I'm increasingly seeing marketing headlines like "Are You Looking for Social Investment?".
I don't know.
So I've found myself feeling mildly annoyed by all this, as if charities and social enterprises are somehow being pushed credit card offers that they don't need or can't pay back.
Then I met the gang from Resonance Ltd. They help social enterprises gain investment, and set up innovative new funds that can address social needs in a financially sustainable way. What hit me was that they are all about impact, all about finding problems where social investment can be a part of the solution.
And that got me. They see social investment as being entirely impact-led not investment driven. They start with the social enterprises and enterprising charities, not with the large pot that has to be "deployed" to an organisation which has been willing to jump through their 'investment readiness' hoops.
So I'm not looking for social investment but if you are then head over to Resonance. If nothing else they will be incredibly helpful and probably give you cake.