Programmes

CIVA runs a range of programmes, each led by a principal. Current programmes are:

Make My Mark

Our Make My Mark programme came out of a conversation between two of our trustees about how social mobility in the UK today has decreased compared to 30 or 40 years ago.  As the Social Mobility Commission put it, “Britain has a deep social mobility problem. For this generation of young people it is getting worse not better. Low levels of social mobility are impeding the progress of not only the poorest in our society.” In our society, the...

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The MSN Fund

The Fund supports projects which promote arts and education, peace and reconciliation, human rights and health and well-being. The Trustees are advised of the distribution of this fund by Prue Norton, Ian Bowden, Jessica Burnett-Emsley and Richard Scott. During 2018, £152,400 was distributed as grants and donations including a number through the Network for Social Change to support projects funded by this charitable Trust. At the end of 2018, £324,839 remained available for distribution.

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healthpitch: a Davina’s Fund project

The healthpitch project stems directly from Davina Vickers’s terminal illness and her daughter, a healthcare professional, Camilla’s time caring for her. It is a project which aims to influence thinking and practice on the quality of life for older people with health impairments, both physical and mental, and those who care for them. “The macro-economic question of how we will finance health care and humanitarian questions about quality of life are closely linked, because happy people are, on average,...

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Bringing GreenWave to the UK

GreenWave is a US-based not for profit organisation who have developed a zero-input and zero-waste aquaculture system as a means of sustainably farming a variety of ocean produce and give back a level of self-sufficiency for disadvantaged coastal communities. The produce includes, but is not limited to, seaweed, oysters, mussels and clams. They are currently operating successfully in 10 locations, with another 15 locations under development, on both coasts, and have caught the attention of the media, large philanthropists,...

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New Projects

From time to time CIVA develops new projects with the aim of addressing issues in innovative ways with the aim of: Creating a sustainable venture which will continue. Or; Influencing thinking and action   These are some of our new projects under development or in an early stage: The 6 Characters Opera: This seeks to bring music ot older people via a comic opera based loosely on Piradello’s play and involving well known arias from clasic operas. The first...

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CIVA:Invests

In 2016, CIVA received an endowment from an anonymous philanthropic source to create a social investment fund which would make loans to early stage social enterprises to assist them with scaling up their work to a point where they were able to attract investment from more traditional social impact investors. Our approach is to invest early, providing affordable loan finance, whilst playing an active role in helping our investees toward success. We believe strongly that investing in the individual...

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Marmalade

Marmalade | A Festival of Design! Building on six years of success as an informal dynamic, free and open-access fringe event to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Marmalade is evolving. The core of Marmalade will remain: user-centred content, generated by participants; a collision space where best in class social entrepreneurs from Skoll meet up-and-coming talent from the UK and across Europe. On top of this we are building out what worked so well last year: in-depth collaborations over...

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Social Enterprise in China

Social enterprise is becoming a hot topic in China; the model of blending the creation of social impact with a business approach may become an important way in which the social needs of Chinese citizens is met, whether it is the elderly, the handicapped, the victims of disaster, the health and wellbeing of the population, the environment and the problems of pollution that are being addressed. In 2013, CIVA organised a conference in Shanghai on social franchising and a...

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Bigger Boat

Overfishing. Human trafficking. The healthcare crisis. Revitalising small businesses. No single person or organisation can tackle these big, intractable problems alone. And yet, for every complex problem there are innovators working to solve it from different angles, institutions, geographies and sectors. Each working more or less separately on different parts of the problem. Each with insight into a particular piece of the puzzle. To solve these complex problems at the scale we need, we need to break down silos...

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Enlightened Agriculture

The food and farming sector offers great opportunities for social enterprises. And smaller scale environmentally sensitive approaches could bring a range of benefits including fresher foods with shorter food chains, less carbon, more jobs. The Lottery and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have been big funders of projects in this sector, and we want to help the sorts of projects that they have been funding beyond the start up stage, by providing advice on funding and investment and helping them towards...

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Past Programmes

Over its lifetime CIVA has incubated a myriad of different programmes. A selection of these is presented below:   YOUTH IN ACTION Young people have an important role today as active citizens, and tomorrow as leaders of social change. Over a number of years CIVA encouraged and supported young people to get active in their communities and incubated the following organisations: Changemakers: young people leading change Changemakers pioneered a “young person-led approach”  which is now seen generally as good practice...

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