Theory of Change

Our goal is to improve lives in London’s communities. We do this by helping to create the conditions in which London’s funders can thrive.

Our theory of change shows outcomes – from our work with funders and investors across the public, independent, social and corporate sectors, and from their work supporting civil society. Outcomes build on one another as we move towards change in Londoners’ lives. Therefore, this is also a theory of change for London’s civil society as a whole.

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Funders have access to what works

Information on what and how to fund is valuable to funders. By sharing experiences with other funders, our members are able to save time and avoid duplication, meaning stronger support for civil society and communities.

We support this process by facilitating knowledge sharing across networks within the London Funders membership, and synthesising information from funders to share through our communications. Sharing knowledge on what works tends to happen when a member or members develop a clear understanding of when an approach is working and seeks to share it with members. Funding masterclasses, presented through the London’s Giving network, are a platform for showcasing initiatives, tactics and ideas that funders have had success with. Keen to learn from across the UK, we regularly showcase examples from outside London.

We have organised masterclasses, for instance, on crowdfunding, engaging with business,   promoting and marketing local initiatives, and fundraising approaches for local initiatives. Details of the events are archived on our website