We convene, creating the space for productive conversations and collaborations. Our aim is to use the space we create for cross-sector dialogue as a vehicle for: sharing information, approaches and ideas; developing a shared understanding of need; collaboration; and trust-building.
We have a robust programme of meetings and events, aimed at enabling a sharing of information, intelligence and opinion across public, private and charitable funding sectors engaged in the building and strengthening of London’s civil society.
Ranging from breakfast briefings through to evening receptions, we host meetings on the issues that matter to Londoners most. London Funders has longstanding networks on the topics of health, research and evaluation, children and young people and property and assets. We have recently introduced new networks on advice and justice, housing and homelessness and cultural opportunities.
In addition, we hold a one-off event that brings all our networks, and wider membership, together in one place at the same time – the Big Network Day. This annual event brings over 150 members together to discuss the big London issues that cut across our various networks and groups.
We co-host events with our members as well, on issues ranging from place (such as borough-based forums and our continued work supporting the voluntary sector in North Kensington), thematic funding (such as funding LGBTQ communities, and Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations), to showcases and one-off events on reports, emerging trends and policies.
Best of all, our events are all free for member staff and trustees. As well as being fantastic networking opportunities, we make sure that all notes, resources and contact details from our meetings are disseminated quickly so that thoughts can turn into action.
We also have several online spaces for members to share information and best practice. Our member-only online forum enables cross-sector conversations to take place between members from across the capital. In addition, the London’s Giving website promotes place-based giving at a local and national level, and The Way Ahead project proposes a system that puts London’s communities at the heart of the way we all work.