Funding News - June 2018

360Giving launches £20,000 competition to spot trends in charity data – Civil Society, May 2018

360Giving has launched a competition with cash prizes of up to £6,000 to encourage people to use open data about charities to help identify trends or funding gaps

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Another £100m raised from dormant accounts from good causes – Civil Society, May 2018

More than £100m was raised from dormant accounts in 2017 to spend on good causes, according to the recent accounts of the Reclaim Fund.

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Comic Relief ditches the word 'grant' because it is 'too paternalistic' – Civil Society, May 2018

Comic Relief will stop using the word "grant" to describe money it gives away to other charities because the phrase is "too paternalistic", according to an interview published this week.

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Comic Relief & Paul Hamlyn Foundation Launch New Tech for Good Website – Tech for Good, May 2018

The new website will deliver a nine month series of 40 articles to help charities and funders get better at building and funding digital services that tackle social challenges.

The Hub’s aims

The Hub has two aims:

  • To help charities and social enterprises be more ready next time there’s a tech for good funding opportunity
  • To help funders feel more confident and knowledgeable about how to fund tech for good projects

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DATA CHARITY 250 INDEX – Charity Finance, May 2018

This year’s membership review sees a fast-growing medical research charity surge up the ranking, and welcomes fresh talent in the shape of 18 new entrants. Diane Sim reports.

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David Ainsworth: The strange story of the National Fund – Civil Society, May 2018

After almost a decade of coverage, David Ainsworth finally sees government take some action on one of the country's strangest charities.

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David Farnsworth: Our sector is at tipping point – Charity Times, May 2018

When we asked civil society for its views on the health of the charity sector we got a very clear and rather brutal answer.

Responses described an industry ‘in crisis’ and ‘at tipping point’, due to ongoing reductions in state funding, the increased costs of living and the rising levels of need amongst people and communities experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation.

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Developing a place-based approach – one foundation’s recent journey – Big Society Capital, May 2018

"It has been an incredible journey setting up a grant-making trust, effectively a start-up” – writes Barbra Mazur, who runs the Battersea Power Station Foundation, an independent UK charitable body established by the Battersea Power Station shareholders to ensure that the diverse and vibrant South London communities surrounding the Power Station have access to a new source of funding.

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Digital card rewards young volunteers for social action – Charity Digital News, May 2018

A programme to encourage more young people from diverse backgrounds to get involved in social action has been launched by youth volunteering charity vInspired.

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Every penny counts as people in the UK donate over £300mil in loose change – CAF, May 2018

People donate more than £300 million a year in loose change to charity, according to new research showing the vital role of coins in funding the work of charities across Britain.

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Government pledge £28 million to support children and young people – DCMS, May 2018

Ten projects across England that support disadvantaged children and young people will receive over £28 million, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch announced today.

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Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it? – IVAR, May 2018

Funder-led. Bureaucratic. Time-consuming. Misunderstood.’

These are words used to describe grant reporting by six UK funders and six organisations they fund, at a workshop run by IVAR and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in April. As funders we each have our own finely crafted reporting system to learn from our grants. But our system is just one of many others the organisations we fund have to negotiate. No matter how simple and clear we think our own system is, it still forces charities to repackage similar information for each funder, on a different date, with a different word count and in a different format. 

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Is your SMT/trustees page inspiring? – madlinsudn, May 2018

Most charities have a page introducing their senior managers and trustees. These pages are mostly dull and uninspiring. But they could be so much better. With a few tweaks, they could help to boost transparency and trust. They could be inspiring; bringing the passion your team has for the cause, to life.

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Love Kingston welcomes announcement of support from Mayor Julie Pickering – Love Kingston, May 2018

Love Kingston, a fund for charitable activity in the Royal Borough of Kingston welcomes the announcement by Councillor Julie Pickering, the newly installed Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston, that she will be supporting Love Kingston during her mayoral year.

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Nominet Trust becomes the Social Tech Trust and announces a strategic partnership with Social Investment Business – Nominet Trust, May 2018

Building on ten years of grant making in socially motivated tech, Nominet Trust evolves as Social Tech Trust.

  • Nominet Trust evolves into Social Tech Trust
  • Social Investment Business becomes a new member and strategic partner
  • New grant fund opens in July 2018

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Replacing tower cladding will mean fewer affordable homes in coming years – The Guardian, May 2018

UK government admits £400m to replace flammable cladding will be taken from Affordable Homes Programme

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Sadiq awards £2m for green spaces – GLA, May 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the six winners of over £2 million of grant funding for green space improvements, as part of his push to make London the world’s first National Park City.

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The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation Grenfell Tower Fund - Listening Project update and next steps – K&C Foundation, May 2018

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation is an independent charity set up in 2008. Since then, it has  worked to tackle the inequalities faced by many across the Borough which the Grenfell Tower Tragedy brought into stark relief. This leaflet provides more information and feedback from local community groups about next steps needed in the area.

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The #OpenForGood Award – Foundation Center, May 2018

The inaugural #OpenForGood Award will recognize three foundations that display strong commitment to transparent knowledge sharing. Why? It’s really, really important.

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