Pushing the boundaries of funding
Funding and philanthropy culture has an enormous effect on charities, the people and causes they support, and the charity sector as a whole.
So it’s important to stop and think: What role is the funder-grantee power balance playing in your work? Are other funders taking innovative approaches that you could learn from?
See how pushing the boundaries of funding could help maximise your impact.
Key tools, resources and commentary on innovative funding
As a country we face huge challenges. These challenges present questions for everyone who funds charities. It’s time to ask whether charitable foundations in the UK are doing enough—and are doing the right things—to support the voluntary and community sector.
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.
Systems change has been attracting the attention of those in the social sector who want to deal with the root causes of problems, but, despite the buzz, much of what is written is abstract in tone. With the support of LankellyChase Foundation we have produced this guide to plug a gap in the systems change literature—providing accessible material and recommendations for action.
How can the philanthropy sector improve? Philanthropy has a long and rich history in the UK, but there is a need for both more and better philanthropy to unlock an additional £4bn of private wealth for public good. This report, which includes donor journeys and theories of change, is the start of a discussion about how we can achieve this.
Philanthropy has never been so important to address the complex social and environmental issues we face. In this report, we highlight ten exciting innovations from around the world which are helping to grow philanthropy both in scale and by ensuring resources are used most effectively.
The grant-maker–grantee relationship is often unbalanced, particularly in terms of power and trust. But such an uneven dynamic can be an enormous barrier to creating a impact for beneficiaries. Jenny North from Impetus-PEF explains how grant-makers can rebalance their relationships with grantees in the name of tackling social problems more effectively.
It's no secret that a power imbalance exists between grant-makers and their grantees. So it's important that funders are aware of how this imbalance could negatively affect the social impact they are trying to achieve. Oliver Carrington outlines three key things funders should consider to help them harness this power in a more effective way.