How do I find good charities to fund, and how do I connect with them? Where can I direct my funding so I can achieve the most impact? Where can I meet and learn from other philanthropists and funders? How should I be working with the organisations I want to support? We know that a lot of funders grapple with these questions – they want to be great funders and achieve big impact with their giving, but face some challenges along the way.
As a funder or philanthropist, the way you design your charitable giving matters. It helps to understand your cause inside-out, find the right charities to achieve your mission, build productive relationships with your grantees, structure your grants to achieve better results, and set constructive impact reporting requirements. We can help you to think about all of these things, and act as your critical friend along the way.
Our guidance on power dynamics, theory of change, cause related networks and what makes a good charity provide a broad overview of what makes funding effective. To take things further, consider funding place-based projects and taking a systems change approach.
We run regular training sessions on theory of change and impact measurement, which are equally useful for funders and grantees. For bespoke support, our consultants are on hand to run workshops and help you develop an effective framework for your giving.
Featured resources on funder best practice
Our practical guide for funders follows our popular 2019 seminar series, in which charities and funders debated how power dynamics express themselves in the sector, and what funders can do to share power, wield power well, and build power in others.
Impact practice is increasingly common among charities. But in order to really drive change, funders must support their grantees’ impact practice, and they must examine and improve their own work. This short paper outlines how to get started.
Growing numbers of charities are using theory of change as a strategy and evaluation tool. This popularity is partly a symptom of funders asking charities to provide a theory of change in their application or evaluation. But can the approach also be useful for funders themselves; and how does the tool differ in this setting?
How non-profits and for-profits can work better to together and make a bigger difference for people and causes.
This research—carried out in partnership with LBG—provides the first clear picture of impact measurement practices across a range of funders. It sets a baseline from which funders can progress and improve the way they use evidence of impact for themselves and their grantees.
Through experience—both successes and failures—established funders learn lessons about the best ways to structure grants. But for funders new to giving, there is little guidance or research available on how to design the most effective grants.
Reflecting on her recent work with an Australian foundation, Angela Kail explores how funders can make the most of working with charities to help create impact.
What we learnt from our recent Funder Drop-In on how every charity has a role to play in protecting the environment.
Funding beyond Covid-19: Which new practices should funders keep and which old ones should they go back to?
As the charity sector emerges from the initial Covid-19 crisis and starts to consider building back better, it’s time for funders to reflect on the changes they made to their grant-making and to decide which of them should remain permanent and which practices must they revert back to.
Covid-19 has challenged the charity and grant-making sectors to do better. What can funders do to rebalance power dynamics during and beyond Covid-19? We’re encouraging funders to rebalance power by better understanding yourself, your grantees, and your goals.
Ask any fundraiser what the best possible gift would be and their answer will be multi-year unrestricted funding. So why don't all funders give unrestricted gifts? Due to Covid-19, we have entered a 'testing phase' which could make the future of the sector unrestricted.
This year was supposed to mark the beginning of a critical decade for the environment. However, many environment charities need support as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. In this case study, Jane Cabutti of the Environmental Funders Network, sets out how philanthropists can help.
For anyone seeking help escaping drugs or alcohol, charities are a lifeline. But coronavirus has turned this network of support upside down. In this case study, Oliver Standing from Collective Voice talks to funders about what philanthropists can do to help.
People seeking asylum live outside the mainstream safety net. In this case study, Stephen Hale from Refugee Action explains the dramatic change in the needs and risks faced by refugees, their response, and how philanthropists can help.
How philanthropists can team together using cause related networks to multiply the impact of their giving.
In this case study, our Systems Change Principal, Seth Reynolds, interviews (virtually) Vicky Fobel, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at NCT, to learn how they’re adapting and what philanthropists can do to help parenting charities.
Sign our joint letter to philanthropists, originally printed in the Financial Times.
"From where I sit the philanthropic response has been positive so far, but this is a stoppage like no other." NPC's man in the U.S. comments on the situation there.
A collaborative effort to help philanthropists keep charities serving throughout the coronavirus crisis, and prepare for whatever challenges the post-covid world will hold.