Funding News - March 2018

£1 million of charity funds returned after Commission inquiry – Charity Commission, February 2018

Around £1 million of funds have been made available for charity as a result of the Charity Commission’s engagement with a grant-making charity.

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£29 million extra to boost councils’ support for vulnerable children – MHCLG, February 2018

Councils will receive an additional £29 million to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

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100+ social impact bonds raise $400m worldwide since 2010 launch – Pioneers Post, February 2018

Social impact bonds have now reached ‘global mass’, according to the organisation that pioneered the first one in Peterborough in 2010.

The Social Finance Global Network, which incorporates operations in the UK, the US and Israel, announced on 30 January that there are now 108 social impact bonds in 24 countries listed on its global database.

Collectively, the bonds have raised $392m in capital to reach more than 700,000 people.

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£866 million investment to help unlock potential 200,000 new homes – MHCLG, February 2018

Up to 200,000 new homes are set to get off the ground as government confirms £866 million investment in local housing projects.

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Cripplegate Foundation: a Living Wage Friendly Funder – Living Wage Foundation, February 2018

Living Wage Friendly Funders support charities to pay the real Living Wage through their grant-making. Together with 31 other charitable funders from across the UK, we are working to end low pay in the charity sector.

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Greenpeace 'doubles sign up rates’ through virtual reality – Civil Society, February 2018

Greenpeace has been trialling the use of virtual reality to help its fundraisers engage with people at festivals, and has seen sign-up rates double as a result.  Paula Radley, face-to-face operations manager at Greenpeace, told last week’s Fundraising Live conference, organised by Civil Society Media, that using virtual reality headsets as part of its exhibition areas helps people to experience different places. 

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Heritage Lottery Fund – Changes to Grantmaking – HLF, February 2018

In early 2019 the Heritage Lottery Fund will begin a new, five-year Strategic Funding Framework that sets out how we will distribute National Lottery good causes money to the heritage sector. In January 2018 it will begin a public consultation on our priorities and how that will work.

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How to make fundraising a more diverse profession – expert panel appointed by the IOF – Institute of Fundraising, February 2018

An expert advisory panel on equality, diversity and inclusion has been appointed by the IoF, the professional membership body has announced this week.

It is widely recognised that the fundraising profession is less diverse than the population, as well as other professions and functions within the charitable sector.

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Let's talk about funders and evaluation (a response) – Centre for Youth Impact, February 2018

In this blog Jane Steele, Director of Evidence and Learning at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, responds to Bethia's thoughts about funders and evaluation.

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Localgiving distributes £100,000 in Magic Little Grants funding – UK Fundraising, February 2018

Localgiving awarded £100,000 in Magic Little Grants to 205 local charities between September 2017 and January this year.

Magic Little Grants were for £250 or £500, specifically aimed at projects that seek to increase participation in exercise and healthy activities. Applicants had to have an annual income under £50,000 or be in their first year of operation, with preference given to projects that encouraged social cohesion and helped vulnerable people overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.

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Mayor announces £140million investment to boost London economy – London Assembly, February 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to invest £140million into a brand new investment fund to support projects that will grow the capital’s economy such as business space, transport infrastructure and schemes to bring new housing on stream.

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Reflections on six years of Inspiring Impact – NPC, February 2018

Looking back, have we been successful? Has impact practice improved since Inspiring Impact was launched in 2012? What can we do to make an even greater contribution to the sector in the coming years?

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Surviving a merger was the biggest test of my career – The Guardian, February 2018

Leah Swain - The news from the Good Merger Index that there were only 70 mergers between not-for-profit organisations last year was not a surprise to me. Leading a charity through a merger has been one of the most challenging tests of my career – both mentally and physically.

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This impact investor has backed five London boroughs to help keep children out of care – City AM, February 2018

Five London boroughs have received backing from the Big Lottery fund and impact investor Bridges, in a pioneering partnership aimed at keeping young vulnerable people out of care.

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What does ‘best practice’ look like for organisations doing applied social research? – Medium, February 2018

If you are an evaluator, funder, commissioner, programme manager or a digital agency who asks people about their opinions, feedback, experiences or behaviours — can you contribute to this project?

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