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.


Individual funders are able to formulate an external voice

Many funders develop detailed knowledge of issues through the work they support or from their own research initiatives. We help our members to communicate their findings - either to influence other funders’ behaviour or to grow support for policy asks.

We provide opportunities for showcasing research by holding events at which members and some outside organisations, come together to discuss findings.

An example of work we brought to our members’ attention is research from the LSE Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Trust for London and the Nuffield Foundation. ‘Social policy in a cold climate’ explored the impact of economic change after 2007 on inequality, poverty and social mobility, looking at successive governments’ spending decisions. A book detailing the work was published in 2016.