Big Society Capital has two roles. The first is to act as a champion for the social investment market, increasing awareness, encouraging others to engage in the market, developing research, improving impact measurement and policy advocacy for the sector. The second role is as an investor, providing capital to social investment finance intermediaries, who in turn provide finance and support to charities and social enterprises. The rationale behind investing through intermediaries rather than directly in frontline organisations is that, by supporting the intermediaries to grow and become more sustainable, these organisations will be able to attract more investment to the social sector than Big Society Capital could do alone. Big Society Capital has built a diverse market of finance providers whilst ensuring the existing providers of finance to the sector maintain their focus and sustainability.
BSc was established in 2012 to build the social investment market in the UK.