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Effective grant-making

About this event

This workshop will walk you through NPC’s approach to effective grant-making: from identifying and learning about issue areas, planning your approach to finding and funding great charities, and learning and improving.

This training will help you to

  • Understand the stages of effective grant-making and how these can apply to your giving.
  • Reflect on your past giving, the type of funding you want to give, the resources you have to offer, and what you want to achieve through your giving.
  • Think about different options for sourcing new charities, and how to assess which might be right for you.
  • Understand how NPC’s charity analysis framework can help you choose more effective charities to fund, find it easier to accept or reject funding applications, and be armed with useful and probing questions to ask on charity visits or calls.
  • Learn from your grant-making and explore how you can use this learning to make your giving more effective.

As an online seminar, the workshop will use practical examples to help you make more efficient funding decisions.

Who will this event help? 

The seminar is relevant for those just starting out in grant-making or for those who want to think more critically about their funding approach. This could include grants officers, philanthropists, trustees, corporate giving staff, or others with strategic responsibilities.

Event facilitator

The training will be delivered by Sarah Denselow, NPC’s Principal for Effective Philanthropy, and Hannah Large, NPC Senior Consultant. Our consultants are experts in supporting foundations, corporates and individual philanthropists in designing, implementing and assessing their giving.

Bursary places

A limited number of bursary places are available for small charities, ethnic minority charities of all sizes and ethnic minority representatives from charities of all sizes. Bursary spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Email us to apply for our bursary places.

We are also actively working to improve the accessibility of our online and in-person events. As part of our commitment, for all online events we use live closed captions and upload the recordings to YouTube which has the capability to select subtitles. For in-person events we strive to use accessible venues. If you have any additional accessibility requirements that we can assist with, please email us at

Want to be a part of other Leading Impact events?

This event is part of our Leading Impact series of seminars, if you would like to access more events like this one, we welcome you to join us for Reporting and reviewing impact: what good looks like on 6 December. 


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