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Welcome to SCRT's monthly bulletin focusing on all things social finance; social investment and social banking. JOIN US...If you are interested in our work then there are two main ways to show your support. Organisations can take out free membership of SCRT.  We now also have a new Associate membership category for organisations and individuals not eligible for Full membership.  All organisations and individuals working in the Scottish Third Sector can also open an Anchor Deposit Account in conjunction with ASB.
                           SCRT END OF YEAR SUMMARY 
SCRT has now been around for a year with the aim of pooling and harnessing the resources of the Scottish third sector in order to strengthen our financial resilience and magnify our collective impact at a national level. It's been a very busy year.  From our launch event at the Briggait - to the Buzzbnk crowdfunding masterclass: from our partnership with social bank Airdrie Savings Bank - to the launch of our website with social investment and other relevant information: from the start of our monthly bulletins - to our recent conference...its been a very busy year. We couldn't have done it without the support of members, subscribers and funders. There will be plenty more to come in the next watch this space.

Happy Christmas to all our Members;  Funders, 
Subscribers and Supporters.

Play it Again...Airdrie

Niall Alexander is Airdrie Savings Bank's new Social Enterprise – Business Development Manager.  Niall started in post about six weeks ago, so SCRT asked him to do a piece for this month's SCRT bulletin on ASB and what the future holds..Read More

Evaluation -Social Finance: Social Investment: Social Banking Conference

SCRT is still seeking the views of delegates who attended the recent Conference at the Roxburghe Hotel.  If you haven't already responded we would appreciate if delegates took a moment to complete the Survey Monkey. The Survey Monkey will be open until after the Christmas holidays. Thanks in advance for your participation..Survey Monkey

Is Impact Investing undermining Social Investing?
As the lines blur between social enterprise, profit with purpose and extended corporate social responsibility, Kevin Lynch, former CEO of the American Social Enterprise Alliance lays bare his view on the drive behind Impact Investing and how it has the potential to undermine the Social Enterprise sector as the development of B Corp structures with a veneer of CSR continue to disguise a continued prioritisation on profit and returns to investors....Read More

The rise and rise of Philanthrocapitalism?

Mark Zuckerberg is now known as a Philanthrocapitalist since stating that he is 'giving' away $45bn. Others engaged in philanthrocapitalism include Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. But are these mega rich people really giving their money away. An article in last week's Observer argues that philanthrocapitalism is really what we would call Impact Investing. Whilst this Open Democracy article argues that 'doing well and doing good' might not be compatible ..Read More

Total amount saved and invested positively across the UK is up 11% on last year to £3.6 billion.

The 2015 report from Ethex, the online ethical and social investment platform, states that £3.5 billion is positively invested and saved by 1.8 million people in the UK.  In the last year, this market has grown by 11%, more than four times faster than all household savings and investments..Read More

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