The Social Investment Forum (SIF) is the national forum for social investment and finance intermediaries (SIFIs) in the UK. SIF was established informally in 2010 to provide a place for SIFIs to network and share practice; since then, it has helped develop a collective voice to influence social investment policy through the co-ordination of evidence, information and expertise. SIF members also work together to improve the practical functionality of the social investment market, sharing good practice and up-to-date information, and facilitates purposeful networking between members. SIF's work involves:
- sharing good practice & learning
- co-ordinating advocacy & a collective voice for social investment
- agreeing & raising industry standards
- disseminating information, research & resources
- encouraging partnership working
Current members of SIF are: Big Issue Invest, Big Society Capital, Bridges Ventures, CAF Venturesome, CAN Invest, Charity Bank, Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), City of London Corporation, ClearlySo, Esmee Fairbairn, Investing For Good, London Rebuilding Society, NESTA, Social Investment Business, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Social Finance, Social Stock Exchange, Triodos Bank, UnLtd (Ventures)
SIF is chaired by Social Enterprise UK, who also provides the secretariat.
Eligibility / joining: Criteria are being finalised currently, but the Forum seeks to engage with national SIFIs whose primary work is social investment: this could include SIFIs operating nationally; dedicated social investment funds; national 'enablers' SIFIs who support the market.
SIF seeks to be open and inclusive, to not overlap unnecessarily (esp. with CDFA), and to ensure the Forum can still function as a practical networking group.
Contact nick.temple [at] socialenterprise.org.uk to register interest / apply to join