Published on March 27, 2014
Accelerate for Social Entrepreneurs 25th March 2014 Paul Harrison
a different bank for people who want a different world Charity Bank A Different Bank • Charity Bank; – Established 2002 – A not for profit organisation; – National coverage – Work exclusively with Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Social Enterprises – Savings – Lending up to £1m, secured up to 25 years
a different bank for people who want a different world Key points from a social lender’s perspective Viability • break even or make surplus in reasonably short term Sustainability • Longevity – at least over the period of the loan Social Impact • Benefit created
a different bank for people who want a different world Key factors viability/sustainability There needs to be a plan • assumptions should be reasonable, sensible and achievable • investors need to understand them and buy in to them Demand for product or service • market research Organisation properly resourced and contain appropriate skills • the people must be able to deliver the plan Ability to sell and market Understanding and control of finances • professional support
a different bank for people who want a different world Key Factors Social Impact What is the benefit Who benefits Scale of impact Geography of Impact Not for profit?
a different bank for people who want a different world How do we assess proposal History of the organisation – background information Governance/management/the people Historic Financial situation – profits/losses? The project – does it make sense/do we understand it? Repayment – will we get our money back? Security – if it goes wrong is there a safety net? Level of social impact
a different bank for people who want a different world How does it work? Business plan Financial projections Meeting with the management and trustees Write report Decision by credit committee
a different bank for people who want a different world Trends in Social Investment More of it • Social Impact Bonds • Big Society Capital • Social Investment Business More support • Investment Contract Readiness Fund • Big Potential • Social Incubator North More competitive • Charity Bank/Triodos/Unity Trust • Entry of funding advisers More competitive • Still tough for start ups early stage • Emphasises the importance of being investment ready
a different bank for people who want a different world Paul Harrison, Regional Manager email@example.com 07917 646337
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