Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund

The Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund was the first, and remains the only, fund in the world dedicated to investing in Government-commissioned outcomes contracts.

We have now backed 15 contracts, helping over 30 mission-driven providers deliver better life outcomes to vulnerable people in areas like children’s services, education and homelessness.

A social impact bond is a structure that enables Bridges (and other social investors) to support a social sector organisation who wants to deliver an outcomes contract – by providing the working capital necessary to fund the programme, plus any additional management resource required to deliver the best possible outcomes for beneficiaries.

We believe this greater focus on outcomes can help Government understand what’s working and drive better results within key policy areas – because it gives service providers more freedom to innovate, as well as a strong incentive to over-deliver. And SIBs ensure that a broader range of providers are available to deliver these contracts.

The areas of added value to date [include] the continual engagement of SIB investors, beyond the initial investment […] the added layer of support from the Board, including the flexible use of funding to achieve defined outcomes; pragmatic decision-making and a rigorous information and reporting system, focused on outcomes.
OPM’s Evaluation of the Essex Multi-Systemic Therapy Social Impact Bond

Investors, Donors & Partners

  • Investors

    Big Society Capital

    Omidyar Network


    European Investment Fund

    Great Manchester Pension Fund

    Merseyside Pension Fund

    Deutsche Bank

    The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation

    Trust for London

    The Highwood Foundation

  • Partners

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


    Osborne Clarke

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