Funding News- October 2017

‘A life not a service’ – Supporting Islington’s Families- Islington Giving, September 2017

Islington Giving is committed to supporting families as part of its work to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington.  Following a consultation with local families and those that work with them Islington Giving has recently launched its new strategy for supporting families – ‘A life not a service’.

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A Statement of Values to Guide Philanthropic Collaboration- Grantcraft, September 2017

Individual organizations seeking to address complex social issues cannot achieve their missions on their own. They must combine resources and knowledge with others to make progress. This feels especially acute for many nonprofits and grantmakers now, as many in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector are considering the role they can play in addressing systems change and as these actors face a shifting and uncertain environment in the months and years ahead.

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Audacious Philanthropy- Harvard Business Review, September 2017

Audacious social change is incredibly challenging. Yet history shows that it can succeed. Unfortunately, success never results from a single grant or silver bullet; it takes collaboration, government engagement, and persistence over decades, among other things. To better understand why some efforts defy the odds and what lessons today’s philanthropists can learn from successful efforts of the past.

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Barrow Cadbury Trust Announces New Chair- Barrow Cadbury Trust, September 2017

Barrow Cadbury Trust is  very pleased to announce that our new Chair of Trustees from 21 October 2017 will be Erica Cadbury, succeeding Helen Cadbury who died at the end of June.  Helen approved this succession and was pleased about it. 

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Big Lottery Fund appoints NPC to lead evaluation and learning through youth investment fund- NPC, September 2017

NPC, in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact, is leading a consortium of partners who have been appointed as learning and impact providers for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) in order to support YIF grantees to understand and measure their impact.

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Big Lottery Fund appoints regional heads to boost local funding- Civil Society, September 2017

The Big Lottery Fund has appointed new heads of regional funding across England, as part of its drive to make itself more of a local funder. “As part of its Strategic Framework, launched in 2015, the Fund held conversations with communities across the country to understand how National Lottery funding can support people to create the changes that they want to see,” BIG said in a statement.

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Blackbaud’s acquisition of JustGiving is confirmed- Just Giving, October 2017

Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, has formally completed the acquisition of JustGiving.

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City Bridge Trust and UBS help London organisations step into social investment market with cash boost- City of London, September 2017

Over £600,000 has been awarded to support charitable organisations across the capital looking to get their foot on the ladder of the social investment market.

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, and UBS have awarded a total of £617,000 to 16 London organisations through the fourth round of the social investment programme Stepping Stones. This brings the total awards given to £2,802,100 to 65 organisations since the launch of the fund in 2015.

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Don’t Take it for Granted: Five Lessons I learnt When Exploring Data on Grant- Making in the UK- NCVO, September 2017

We know from the Almanac 2017 that grants to the voluntary sector represents a total of £6.3bn, which is 14% of the total income of the sector. Most grant money (93%) comes from other voluntary organisations (47%) or the government (46%).

Despite its importance to the sector, the proportion of the money given out in grants by government has been decreasing with more funding given through contracts. The transition from grants to contracts has being challenging for many charities, especially the smaller ones.

To better understand the challenges ahead, this blog analyses the grant-making data in our Almanac dataset.

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Evaluation design - using action research principles to tailor evaluation to what practitioners want- Pears Foundation, September 2017

Observations from guest blogger Eliza Buckley from IVAR, who is leading the National Youth Social Action Fund evaluation process.

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Grenfell Victims to Receive further £5.5 million funding: Next Phase of Distributions Announced

A further £5.5 million of funds raised from public donations are to be distributed to survivors of the Grenfell Tower Disaster – the British Red Cross and K&C Foundation have announced.

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Happy 1st birthday to GrantNav – come and join the party- 360 Giving, September 2017

GrantNav has experienced phenomenal growth in its first year. When we launched it in September 2016, it included data from 26 funders. It now features more than 200,000 grants worth over £10bn from 48 funders. Collectively, these organisations represent the full gamut of grantmakers and you will recognise many of them including small, large, family, corporate, institutional, local authority and government funders who have joined the #greatergrantsdata movement by sharing their information in an open, comparable way.

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Health and Wellbeing Fund 2017 to 2018: application form- Department for Health- September 2017

Application form for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to apply for the Health and Wellbeing Fund on social prescribing.

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The First Billion - We’re Just Getting Started- Big Society Capital, September 2017

Big Society Capital has just hit a milestone - a billion pounds of social investment committed by us and our co-investors and available to the sector.

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Five lessons from Australia on working with communities- Guys and St Thomas’ Charity- September 2016

Australia – with its combination of large cities, isolated rural areas and both federal and state government – has developed some fascinating models of community engagement.

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How do you prepare people to lead change?- Museums Association, September 2017

How do you prepare people to lead change?

This was a key question the Paul Hamlyn Foundation asked as its programme, Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners, came to an end last year.

The programme was about embedding active participation through a process of organisational change.

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Is Grant-Making fit for the Digital Future- NPC, September 2017

As pretty much everyone has noticed, we’re in the middle of a great revolution driven by digital technology and the internet. It permeates almost every aspect of our lives—as consumers, citizens, friends, communities, donors and workers.

And while the charity sector, and those that fund and support it, are somewhat lagging in embracing new technology, there’s no doubt that the revolution’s on its way. In the words of William Gibson, ‘the future’s already here—it’s just not evenly distributed yet’.

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New co-op partnership launched to support community projects- Co-op Foundation, September 2017

The Co-op Foundation and Co-operative & Community Finance have partnered up to develop a new programme of grants and social investments to support community-run enterprises in disadvantaged areas across the UK.

The project will initially be piloted on four areas of community life: community centres, housing, transport and green spaces. A revolving loan fund, Co-op & Community Finance has been providing loan finance for co-operatives, employee owned business and social enterprises since 1973.

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Splashing around in the shallows and other lessons on giving from Lord Sainsbury- City Philanthropy, September 2017

‘A Better World Is Possible’ sounds a tad optimistic in light of the environmental, manmade and political disasters challenging the planet right now.

It is the title of a book from businessman, politician and philanthropist David Sainsbury authored by science writer Georgina Ferry. It documents how his philanthropy has indeed impacted the world for the better. 

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Tove Okunniwa Appointed Chief Executive of London Sport- London Sport, September 2017

Tove Okunniwa, former Chief Executive of Havas Sport & Entertainment and Head of Marketing for BBC Sport, has been announced as London Sport's new Chief Executive.

Trust for London commits £40 million to tackling London’s social issues- Trust for London, September 2017

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New 2018-2022 Funsing Strategy- Trust for London, September 2017

Trust for London has launched a new 2018-2022 funding strategy and committed nearly £40 million over the next five years to tackle poverty and inequality in London.

There are seven areas in which Trust for London will provide funding:

  • Good Homes and Neighbourhoods
  • Better Work
  • Decent Living Standards
  • Shared Wealth
  • Pathways to Settlement
  • Stronger Voices
  • Connected Communities

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UK Youth and Ambition Join Forces- Ambition, September 2017

After careful consideration, it has been agreed that Ambition will become a subsidiary of UK Youth. The move will allow us to closely collaborate while maintaining our individual assets and activities.

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We still need to change the lobbying act, but it shouldn’t stop us campaigning- NCVO- September 2017

The government announced that it will not be taking forward Lord Hodgson’s recommendations for reforming the Lobbying Act. What does this mean for charity campaigning and what should we do next?

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Why we need to research open data use and why you should care about it- Medium, September 2017

The sole purpose of this blog post is to kick start the discussion around open data use research (again). You are probably asking yourself — why?! Well, I believe open data usage is a puzzle that is yet to be solved. Unlike other data sources, one does not have to attribute the use of open data. No attribution makes it hard to track and understand how people use data. It also means that if you are loud and make noise people will know that you used open data. However, in a lot of cases, people don’t have to mention the data source or don’t discuss it enough or know how to promote their tool.

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