Funding News - April 2018

Amy Braier Wins JFN's 2018 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award – Jewish Funders Network, March 2017

Jewish Funders Network awarded the 2018 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award to Amy Braier, Director of the London-based Pears Foundation, in a ceremony on March 15th at the 2018 JFN International Conference in Tel Aviv. Braier is the 15th recipient (and the first recipient based in the UK) of the annual award, which honors foundation professionals engaged in grantmaking, 40 and under, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy.

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20 new local social action partnerships announced – Big Lottery Fund and DCMS, March 2018

The Big Lottery Fund and Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) have today announced the 20 partnerships taking part in the first stage of the Placed Based Social Action programme launched last October.

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Comic Relief to ditch white saviour stereotype appeals – The Guardian, March 2018

Charity to change approach after receiving criticism for ‘poverty tourism’ campaigns

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Foundations and safeguarding: emerging thoughts and next steps – ACF, March 2018

The issue of safeguarding within the charity sector has been brought into sharp focus following a number of high-profile revelations over the last month. The risks of getting this wrong and harming the very people a charity is seeking to help have been brought into sharp relief. Never has the first principle of social action - do no harm - seemed more relevant.

Put simply, foundations, like the rest of the sector, have a duty to ensure they are doing what they can to get things right.

As both funders and as charities themselves, foundations have an important role to play in recognising risk and vulnerability and in thinking through how to optimise their decision-making, monitoring and relationship management in the service of those organisations and individuals they work with.

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Government launches Trusted Relationships Fund – Home Office, March 2018

The Home Office has launched a £13 million fund to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

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How I dealt with depression while running a foundation – Alliance, March 2018

Leigh Pearce - I joined the Nationwide Foundation, a British corporate funder, as a grants officer eleven years ago. In 2014, our chief executive went on maternity leave and I took on the role on an interim basis. The role became permanent in March 2015 when my predecessor decided not to return to work. Unfortunately, the pressure of the role (alongside other things in my life), took its toll on my mental health and I have suffered from depression for a significant period of my time as chief executive.

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Kate Massarella: The personal struggles and self-care strategies of charity leaders – Civil Society, March 2018

Kate Massarella from Bird – an organisation founded by Hannah Massarella that promotes and facilitates self-care and wellbeing in the charity sector – hears from charity directors about their self-care strategies, and about the importance of leading by example.

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Let’s embrace uncertainty to tackle systemic problems – NPC, March 2018

Many charities, my own included, have ambitious visions for change. In reality, we have little control over the factors that will lead to them. The change we seek rarely comes in the form we expect, and often arises from unlikely places. Yet we map out our theories of change as if we were embarking on predictable terrain…

For Lankelly Chase, a theory of change is just that, a theory. It’s not the truth. It summarises, as far as we are conscious of them, the ideas and assumptions that underlie and shape our decisions. In a complex world, it feels healthiest to think of a theory of change as a set of plausible, and hopefully testable, hypotheses. If these turn out to be wrong or insufficient then we junk or improve them.

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Letting Data Take the Wheel – 360 Giving, March 2018

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales supports small and medium-sized charities committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage. Here, the Foundation’s Research and Data Analyst, Alex Van Vliet, explains how comparing its grantmaking data with other data openly available via 360Giving offers fascinating insight into the importance, relevance and future direction of their work.

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The London Family Fund – London Assembly, March 2018

The Mayor is offering £600,000 over three years to improve social networks, reduce isolation, and bring children and families together. The London Family Fund will award grants of up to £85,000 to innovative projects that promote social integration in London. 

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Mayor awards £24m for local communities to play a role in regeneration – Mayor of London, March 2018

Schemes to benefit all Londoners including BAME communities. Range of cultural, employment and green infrastructure projects supported. Funding part of £70m investment over four years

New local funding to accelerate transition to zero emission vehicles and tackle air pollution‎ - Transport for London, March 2018

Funding for innovative projects in Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hackney to accelerate switch to zero emission vehicles to tackle London's toxic air.

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Over £2 million recovered to charity following Commission inquiry – Charity Commission, February 2018.

The Commission reports on its inquiry into The Reb Moishe Foundation (registered charity number 1106737).

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SEUK announces membership relaunch including free membership for start-ups and smaller social enterprises – SEUK, March 2018

Social Enterprise UK is supporting the growing number of UK start-ups by removing the member fee for smaller social enterprises, enabling them to join the largest social enterprise network in the world.

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UK Sport Appoints New Board Member – DCMS, March 2018

The Culture Secretary has appointed Sally Bolton as member of the UK Sport Board for a term of 3 years, from 5 March 2018 to 6 March 2021.

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