Who we are

We are a not-for-profit enterprise. We have a team of over 130 people, diverse in skills and experiences, united in our passion for making the world a fairer place.

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We build and work in dynamic partnerships to unleash the potential of communities. Together we make change happen in areas such as social care, education and health, employment and children’s services, and issues such as homelessness and domestic abuse.

We have a huge range of skills and experience under one roof, so we can treat every issue as unique and build a bespoke team to tackle each one.

Our values

Curious

We unearth the evidence, ask the awkward questions and don’t give up until we get an answer.

Through rigorous thinking, and learning from others, we generate ideas that make a big social impact.

Empathetic

We look from all angles, welcome all viewpoints. We seek to understand without reproach.

We build strong teams from diverse backgrounds, with a shared goal to create lasting partnerships for change.

Pioneering

We are ambitious for lasting change and won’t stop until social systems truly meet people’s needs.

Change is hard. But by combining social insight, business flair and practical innovation – we make it happen. 

What we do

We work with our partners to help design, fund and scale solutions to some of the most challenging social problems in the UK and across the world. 

We started in 2007 with a pioneering idea for funding and delivering social change projects: social impact bonds. Now better known as social outcomes contracts, they have since generated over £600m worldwide and transformed the landscape for socially-motivated investment. 

We’re still the experts in this area – we’ve supported the development, contracting and delivery of over 100 social outcomes contracts, across 50 countries. But we also offer a full suite of services to design and deliver projects and take them to scale. 

There are so many people here from different backgrounds that it‘s not about what you did before, it’s about what you can bring to the job.

Matthew Pugh, Principal Software Engineer, Data + Digital Labs team

Our people and expertise

Across the board, we’re friendly, collaborative, rigorous and forward-thinking people. As an organisation, we continually develop and grow. We have hubs of expertise: 

Data + Digital Labs

Harnessing the power of data and digital for people and communities.

More about the Data + Digital Labs team

Government + Enterprise

Resolving complex social problems through innovative partnerships.

More about the Government + Enterprise team

Health + Social Care

Uniting operational, clinical and financial expertise to deliver new models of care.

More about the Health + Social Care team

Health + Work

Creating equal opportunities to fulfilling employment.

More about the Health + Work team

Impact Incubator

Creating new opportunities with philanthropy for lasting social change.

More about the Impact Incubator

International

Putting outcomes at the heart of development.

More about the International team

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Our multi-skilled people come from a huge range of backgrounds across the non-profit, public, private and financial sectors. They have a deep understanding of the issues we work on and the organisations and sectors we work with, and are highly experienced in supporting systems change.

We have experts in service and healthcare commissioning, design thinking, digital, data science, product development, financial analysis and much more. We’re working to recruit people with lived experience of the issues we address, and we’re connected to an extensive network of expert advisors.

Who we work with

We’re trusted to design and deliver life changing projects by local and national governments in the UK and across the world, along with charities, funders, commissioners and the people and communities we work with.

The social impact work we do is supported by a mixture of:

  • Public contracts awarded by local authorities, government departments and health bodies in the UK and abroad, donor agencies.

  • Grants and social investment from trusts, investors and organisations like the National Lottery Community Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Join the team

Non-Executive Directors

Social Finance is seeking to recruit up to four non-executive directors over the course of the summer 2024. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join Social Finance’s dedicated, high-calibre, diverse Board and contribute to the scale-up of an ethos driven, social-purpose organisation, with a mission to deliver impact at scale, by unleashing the potential of local communities, to tackle complex and enduring social problems.

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