Funding News - November 2017

14 corporate partnerships helping good causes around the UK – UK Fundraising, October 2017

October has been a good month for corporate partnerships with a real variety of companies offering support to a range of charities in many different ways: from fundraising to volunteering and supporting charity initiatives. Here are 14 that have come to our attention.

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£17 million boost to the UK’s leading life sciences sector – HM Treasury, October 2017

The Chancellor has announced £17 million of new life sciences funding helping to create real benefits for the NHS and patients.

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Alliance Breakfast Club – Philanthropy’s diversity challenge – Alliance, October 2017

Last week’s Alliance Breakfast Club, held at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in London, discussed philanthropy’s diversity issues, a central focus of the September issue of Alliance magazine, guest edited by Sumitra Misha and Angela Seay.

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BLF calls on funders to support more ‘risky’ projects – Civil Society, October 2017

The Big Lottery Fund, which is the largest community funder in the UK, made the recommendation in its submission to the Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee. It said: “Funders, including the Big Lottery Fund, should be more open to funding ‘risky’ projects.” It said that it has trialled a more “conversational approach” to grant giving, where it has a strong focus on “grassroots social innovations that address the root cause of pressing issues”

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The Foyer Federation announces the passing of Jane Slowey CBE – Foyer Foundation, October 2017

The Foyer Federation confirms with deep regret and great sadness that previous CEO Jane Slowey CBE passed away on Saturday 7th October surrounded by close family and friends.

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Giving Safely: A Guide to Donating to UK Charities -  Fraud Advisory Panel, October 2017

Charities and voluntary organisations do vital work. They house the vulnerable, feed the hungry, protect the natural world and alleviate suffering. Without our donations many would struggle. They need us to give what we can. And we need to be sure that our donations really are reaching the causes we support. Most fundraising is genuine. Only a small minority of collections and appeals are scams. But fraudsters are expert at hijacking our kindness and stealing our donations. They use fake collection bags and buckets; misleading emails, text messages and letters; bogusbut-realistic websites; and high-pressure phone calls. They are especially active when a humanitarian crisis is in the news.

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How to Produce a Great Place-Based Plan -  Collaborate, October 2017

Henry Kippin gives his thoughts on how local organisations can produce a place-based plan and how local authorities are tackling this challenge.

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The secret to collaborative funding in practice? Relationships, trust, time and reflection – IVAR, October 2017

To celebrate the publication of our new research on working collaboratively in place, we asked some of the people who took part in our case studies what advice they would give to other organisations embarking on cross-sector partnership working in a particular geography.

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Why do global foundations need to align for impact? -  Social Innovation Exchange, October 2017

We know that the challenges our societies face are growing in scale and complexity. We know that not one organisation is capable to solve these challenges alone. Not even foundations, who are uniquely positioned and are able to take more risks and invest in a longer time frame.

Although we know we need to work together, this doesn’t make collaboration or alignment any easier in practice. This is why we brought together senior representatives from 20 global foundations and leading thinkers on this subject for a retreat focusing on this topic in September 2017. Together, we  explored practical frameworks, approaches and case studies of alignment. We brought funders together with their peers from around the world to ask themselves and each other hard questions about shifting organisations, cultures and mind-set.

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Will we still need grant-makers in 2068? – DSC, October 2017

Imagine it’s 1968. The ‘summer of love’, Vietnam protests, Harold Wilson was PM, and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts (DGMT) was born! The Charity Commission’s register was only a few years old and it took researchers three years just to find trusts to put in the book. Much has changed since then…and what does the next 50 years have in store? To celebrate the 25th edition of DGMT, we invited some leading grant-makers for a round-table discussion on past and future trends. Here are some themes that arose.

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