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Inspiring Scotland

About Inspiring Scotland

Inspiring Scotland’s aim is to change the lives of Scotland’s most disadvantaged people through significant long term funding and development support for Scotland’s charities (“ventures”). It seeks to create sustained change and to achieve long lasting impacts for Scotland’s most vulnerable people and communities through partnership and collaboration and by tackling tough social issues.

Inspiring Scotland is an innovative venture philanthropy organisation designed and developed in response to the needs of Scotland’s charities (“ventures”), which is working with a range of investors, all driven by a desire for social change, including The Scottish Government, trusts and foundations, companies and high net worth individuals. 

The first fund, the 14:19 Fund, targets 14 to 19 year olds struggling to make a successful transition from school into education, training or employment – and the next stage of their lives. It was launched in January 2008 and, in October 2008 an initial portfolio of 24 ventures was announced. Inspiring Scotland’s anticipated investment of £55 million is likely to leverage additional investment of £67 million from other sources. The 24 ventures will support 56,000 young Scots to take positive steps towards education, training or employment. Over the period of investment, the ventures will grow or replicate services and move towards financial sustainability. Inspiring Scotland is presently considering a range of social issues to develop future funds.

Headquarters

United Kingdom

Geographical Focus

Europe

Social Sector

Children/Youth, Education, Health

Country and Regional Focus

Ireland, United Kingdom

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