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Making a difference in homelessness through social impact bonds: Our work 2014 – 2017

Anyone who lives in a city or town cannot have failed to see more people living on the streets; there are now over 4,000 people sleeping rough, up from 1,800 people in 2010. Numbers for Good was delighted to play a role in developing and bringing together the GM Homes Partnership – a collaboration between […]

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Franchising: the potential to create quality jobs in London

The need to create high quality, stable jobs in London is undeniable. 2.25 million people experience poverty in London and in-work poverty is increasing. At the same time, the franchising sector in the UK has experienced strong growth in the recent past; 621,000 people are employed in a franchise in the UK – a 70% […]

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Anatomy of a deal: the five core principles of a successful social investment

Social investment is an alluring concept but difficult to do in practice. So what are the key factors that social enterprises and charities need to have in place to secure an investment? On 23 November, Numbers for Good brought together three social enterprises and three investors who had successfully completed worked on three very different […]

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Better together: giving and investing in social causes is best done together

In his ground-breaking book, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari argues we are all herd animals. We thrive when we’re surrounded by trusted allies who care about the same stuff. Common purpose creates a sense of safety. This hasn’t change with modern sapiens. Yes, we have technology, more information and longer lives – but our behaviour today […]

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Corporate social investment: the brave new frontier?

You’re supposed to start a blog like this by making a wild, hyperbolic statement like ‘corporate social investment will save the world’.  It won’t of course.  So why write it? For all the talk of the rise of responsible capitalism and the hope we pin on ‘millennials’ to influence corporate behaviours, the majority of businesses worldwide […]

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