Learning from emergency responses

In response to three different emergencies during Summer 2017 (the Manchester Arena bomb on 22 May, the attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market on 3 June, and the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June) funders dispensed with ‘business as usual’ in order to provide urgent support to community organisations and services. A new report from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), looks at what they did differently; what we can learn about responding effectively in an emergency; and what opportunities there may be for day-to-day grant-making practices. The collaborative programmes they looked at demonstrate that it is possible for funders to step outside their normal way of working. Drawing on their experience, IVAR have proposed four areas where there is real potential to bring greater urgency, responsible lightness of touch and more open relationships into funders’ everyday work.

Click here to read the full report.