Social investment

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s first social investment was made in 1997. Since then we have formalised and grown our social investing. We have made over 150 social investments through our £45m social investment fund, the returns of which are recycled.

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Our approach

We believe that social investment is a powerful and financially sustainable tool we use, alongside grants and our own actions, to achieve our impact goals.

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What we invest

  • £100k

    Minimum investment

  • £2m

    Maximum investment

  • £437k

    Average investment

Insights and Learning

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