Funder best practice
As a funder or philanthropist, the way you design your charitable giving matters. You can give in a way that enables the charities you support to deliver the most for the people they work with.
Doing so involves understanding your cause inside-out, finding the right charities to fund to achieve your mission, building productive relationships with your grantees, structuring your grants to achieve better results, and setting constructive impact reporting requirements.
Key tools, resources and commentary on funding best practice
The top 300 foundations in the UK have combined assets of £65 billion and gave out £3.3 billion in grants in 2018. Do they understand their role in the systems that create social issues and should they be seeking to share or even give away their power?
The role of funders in tackling social problems is increasingly under public scrutiny. With power comes responsibility, but you must recognise you have power before you can be fully aware of how far your responsibilities extend.
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.
NPC's briefing for philanthropists and funders on how they can support the care system to ensure better life chances for children in care and care-leavers.
This paper describes the landscape of the refugee and asylum charity sector in the UK. It is designed to be of particular use for donors interested in funding organisations working in this area.
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.