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Do not forget charities’ needs in social investment drive – CAF

Government has been reminded not to ignore the needs of charities when it comes to pushing social investment, in a new report published by the Charities Aid Foundation.

The study warns that although social investment is an approach with huge potential, policy makers risk focusing too much on a grand future vision and new ideas for models which promise to give investors both social returns and commercial-rate financial returns.

Returns Policy? What the next decade holds for social investment argues that charities are in fact more in need of practical forms of investment, such as affordable repayable finance, and investors should sometimes be prepared to sacrifice financial benefits in order to create a wider social impact.

The report follows publication of a G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce’s study yesterday, setting out recommendations for ways to unlock billions in social investment worldwide.

Read the rest of this article at Charity Times.