The SIIG (Social Impact Investors Group) is an informal group of trusts and foundations that meet regularly to learn from each other and exchange information. Topics discussed in the past have included strategic issues such as the shape of the social investment market and the role of foundations in developing it, as well as technical issues like impairment - when things don't go as planned - and practical matters such as conducting due diligence, often using case studies from network members.
Market Information Days
As well as holding foundation-only meetings, SIIG runs half day long "market information days" every two months where organisations share information about their social investment ideas with social investors. There is no obligation or pressure to become an investor. The style of the market information days is mutually supportive; novice investors get the opportunity to learn from the questions posed by their more experienced peers, and those pitching proposals are able to benefit from feedback on their ideas. Trusts and foundations are welcome to attend to learn from peers. Unlike the Foundation-only SIIG meetings, we are joined at times by other specialist social investors who share our journey.
Joining the SIIG
If you do want to use social investment as a tool and want to share and learn with other trusts and foundations, this group provides help, guidance, ideas and some practical tools. It is free to join and be a part of, sustained by the voluntary efforts of the members.
The SIIG currently has over 200 individual members representing over 70 trusts and foundations.
SIIG is run by a voluntary steering group that organises meetings and the market information day.
Current steering group members are:
Danyal Sattar (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
Jessica Tyrrell (Bank Workers Charity)
Jan Doole (Tuixen Foundation)
Tim Wilson (City Bridge Trust)
Mark O’Kelly (Barrow Cadbury Trust)
Douglas Gunn (Trust for London)
Jules Tompkins (Esmee Fairbairn Foundation)
Joanna Heywood (Big Society Capital)
If you are from a foundation and would like to join the group, please get in touch with us.
If you are a social investor not from a foundation and would like to join, please get in touch. Some of our meetings are open to non-foundations, subject to approval from the wider group, so do get in touch with us if you are interested.
If you are from a social investment intermediary, and would like to attend the Market Information Days, also contact us.