In the social area, we work to create sustainable initiatives that strengthen young people's life skills and evolve from individual projects that close when project funds expire. Social investments have the potential to ensure a better anchoring of an impactful effort.
With social investments, the main focus is to achieve results that create both the desired change for the citizen and at the same time provide a budgetary economic gain on public budgets. It is also a tool for challenging the system-created barriers that exist in the social field - where the gain of an effort is not always reaped by the one who delivers and pays for the effort. We see the method as a supplement to the way we develop and support the social area in Denmark.
We believe that strong partnerships across the stakeholder field are crucial if we are to seriously develop the area of social investment.
The Bikuben Foundation supports the development of social investments in following ways:
- We use our capital to provide a deficit guarantee, thus gearing other investors in the field to invest when they know that a foundation is willing to take the utmost risk.
The Social Investment Fund, Hjem til Alle, Aarhus Municipality, the Bikuben Foundation and the Council for Social Investments have entered into a social investment program in Aarhus - the first of its kind in Denmark. The goal is to move more young homeless people into their own homes, better well-being and, for the most resourceful, to get a job. The Bikuben Foundation provides a deficit guarantee that makes the Aarhus case more attractive for investors.
- We support increased knowledge sharing across the field.
We do this partly by donating to the Social Investment Fund, and partly by being members of the Advisory Board.
In a social investment program, an authority, a supplier with professional expertise and an investor work together to implement an effort that can create both life improvements for the individual and in the long run create profit on a public budget. The investment program starts by the investor making capital available to the supplier, who can then initiate the effort. If the effort has the agreed effect and thus creates social change, the authority pays the investor back plus a return. That is, unlike what is often done, you pay for results rather than activities.