Rethink Grant-making


Top tips for funder collaboration

Jim Cooke

By Jim Cooke, Head of Funders’ Collaborative Hub Last year saw an upsurge in collaboration between funders. A survey of ACF members found that three out of four had collaborated with others as they navigated the Covid-19 crisis together. It also found that the majority of them want to continue collaborating—whether by pooling funds, aligning strategies or sharing data and learning with their peers. The Funders’ Collaborative Hub launched in November 2020 to help funders increase their collective impact through more and better collaboration. The Hub is hosted by ACF and delivered in partnership with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The… Read more “Top tips for funder collaboration”

Embracing flexibility: Learning lessons of the pandemic to rebuild grant-making for the future

Eliza Buckley

By Eliza Buckley, Head of Research & Development, IVAR Leading in uncertainty Since March 2020, we have worked with more than 500 Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) leaders through online peer support sessions. Three dominant concerns have been highlighted: 1. Sustaining teams during ongoing uncertainty The third national lockdown at the start of 2021 left many VCSE leaders feeling overwhelmed, burnt out and concerned about the future of their sector: ‘The tank is becoming dry. I wake up every morning surprised I haven’t crashed. Enjoyment out of my life has gone because I’m so tired.’ 2. Longer-term funding The… Read more “Embracing flexibility: Learning lessons of the pandemic to rebuild grant-making for the future”

Is the crisis recovery phase a chance to rethink trust and collaboration in the sector?

Liz Gadd, Principal: Effective Philanthropy

In late April, NPC convened a group of ~70 charities and funders to discuss changes in grant-making that we have seen since the start of the pandemic: what has worked well, what has worked less well and what we should be striving to keep as we move out of lockdown. Charities commented on some funders’ responsiveness and flexibility but highlighted that this was not a universal experience. Funders spoke of the impressive work that charities continued to deliver during the pandemic despite the challenges of social distancing. However, as we started to unpack our collective experience, some interesting issues surfaced … Read more “Is the crisis recovery phase a chance to rethink trust and collaboration in the sector?”

Join our rethink grant-making workshop on 27th April

Gillian Scholes

Join us on 27th April from 3pm – 4pm for our online event: Rethinking grant-making in the context of Covid-19. In this one hour session we will explore what changes in funding we have seen since the start of the pandemic. We will look at what has worked well, what hasn’t worked, and what we should be striving to keep as we move out of lockdown. We will also explore new approaches to grant-making and discuss whether these are likely to become more mainstream.  This event is intended for charities and funders to come together, hear from each other and… Read more “Join our rethink grant-making workshop on 27th April”

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in grant-making needs radical new approaches: The Baobab Foundation could offer one

Angela Kail

99% of foundation trustees in England and Wales are white. It is little wonder then that the sector has a diversity and inclusion problem. During the last year, many charities and foundations have been taking a belated long, hard look at their DEI approach, and realising how far we have to go, Fortunately, a range of vital initiatives have been established during that time that can help us along this journey. One new foundation, the Baobab Foundation, offers a particularly exciting approach that could light the way. A ‘by us, for us’ approach Led by the black and ethnic minority… Read more “Diversity, equity, and inclusion in grant-making needs radical new approaches: The Baobab Foundation could offer one”

Trust-based philanthropy: a model for post-Covid grant-making?

Clare Wilkins

With many funders rapidly having adopted flexible funding processes in response to the Covid crisis, there are a range of initiatives now exploring how to make these temporary shifts permanent. Trust-based philanthropy could offer an approach. The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project originating in the US in January 2020 with involvement from The Whitman Institute, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Headwaters Foundation, seeks to reframe how most funders view their giving and, through that reframing, to change attitudes and behaviours in a way that redistributes power.   Funders are challenged to change their mindset from one of scepticism to one of… Read more “Trust-based philanthropy: a model for post-Covid grant-making?”

Rethinking philanthropy means going open

Clare Wilkins

Philanthropy is now expected to tackle more problems than ever before. Those problems are growing in complexity, scale, and urgency – all set against a backdrop of global uncertainty.   Philanthropy is confronting big questions: given finite resources, how is it to tackle the major issues it seeks to address? Especially when it is hampered by individualism, unequal power dynamics, limited information, and false competition?   Business as usual is clearly not the answer. If we are to meaningfully impact on the growing complexity of our challenges, greater openness in how we do so is a prerequisite. Open Philanthropy is an emerging… Read more “Rethinking philanthropy means going open”