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. 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.