Member Session - How to ensure grant-making helps and doesn’t hinder

07 Mar 2019
2:30pm—4:30pm
11 Leeke St, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9HY
The day-to-day existence of voluntary organisations is becoming enduringly precarious, just as they report that the challenges facing the most vulnerable in society are deepening in many ways. At this member session Eliza Buckley, Head of Research and Development at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) shared findings from IVAR's  report 'Duty to Care' which details how funders are responding to the needs of their grantees – from speeding up the application process to having more conversations.
In addition Gina Crane, (Head of Learning and Communications, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation) explained more about a new set of principles for grant reporting, developed by a group of funders and funded organisations, that are currently being tested. 
In addition speakers from across the funding sector reflected on how funder behaviour changed and dispensed with 'business as usual' in response to the emergencies of the summer of 2017. These collaborative programmes demonstrated that it is possible for funders to step outside their normal way of working and become more responsive to the immediate needs of communities. 
 
Click here for slides from the session, and here for a meeting note.