An Introduction to London Funders

London Funders is the membership network for funders and investors in London’s civil society

Background
London Funders has originated from an informal start in 1996 and in 2005, London Funders registered as a charitable company (Company Registration No: 5596299, Charity Number 1116201).

The need for London Funders
London is a complex city and its funding landscape is changing dramatically. This change is being driven by a combination of factors including the redefining of the role of the state (both national and local), the changing profile of poverty and the needs of the population within London, and the increasingly complex governance and public policy landscape that our members operate within.

Other regions and countries in the UK have particular needs and disadvantages but in London their scale and complexity are masked by areas of extreme affluence. Funders need to know about how policy affects the capital and how funding can be developed to meet the diverse needs of London’s communities.

London Funders is unique in bringing together public sector funders and commissioners, with independent foundations, social and corporate investors, lottery funders and others. Our members invest in every aspect of London’s life, from the arts through to welfare, and they fund across all 32 boroughs and the City of London. These funds are invested in London through a number of channels including the voluntary and community sectors, social enterprises and the private sector, as well as directly to the citizens of London.

Our work and strategy
As funding and policy challenges continue, our priorities are focusing on funders working together better, with clearer priorities and a commitment to additionality; new ways of working, challenging funders and providers; and modelling evidence- and intelligence-led solutions.
To reflect our ambition, the Executive Committee has developed a 3 year strategy for 2014 – 2017 which is available to download here.

Our broad strategic objectives in 2014 to 2017 are:

  1. To provide the space for learning and collaboration between funders;
  2. To be a voice for funders and to actively engage in policy debates;
  3. To identify and promote effective funding models;

We cover every aspect of policy and funding practice that impacts on our members; however within this we have also identified three policy priorities on which we wish to have the most impact:

  • Poverty, inequality and destitution
  • Children and young people
  • Health and wellbeing

Our activities include the following:

  • We organise and facilitate an annual programme of expert seminars, training and learning events which provide a safe space for members to think, share and learn and which facilitates collaboration and action on specific issues.
  • We publish a monthly e-bulletin of relevant and timely information and resources relevant to funders (and available to others).
  • We publish reports and learning from our events, as well as occasional information and research briefings.
  • We undertake research and collaborative projects.
  • Our work is led by our members, who actively participate in our events and networks.
  • We cover every aspect of policy and funding practice that impacts on our members; however within this we have also identified three policy priorities on which we wish to have the most impact – poverty, inequality and destitution, children and young people; and health and wellbeing.

London Funders is the membership network for funders and investors in London’s civil society and funders of all kinds can become members. Our full list of members can be found here. Where funding is just a small part of an organisation's work, associate membership is available.

We welcome enquiries from potential members. Find information on how to join here, or contact Geraldine to find out more.

London Funders is pleased to announce that we are an accredited Living Wage Employer, and more details can be found here.