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Working in Place : A Framework for Place-based Approaches

September 1, 2016

In 2015, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) undertook a study of place-based approaches to funding, working with London Funders and overseen by a steering group of:— Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)— Big Lottery Fund— City Bridge Trust— Comic Relief— Esmée Fairbairn Foundation— Lankelly Chase Foundation— Tudor Trust— UK Community FoundationsThe research aimed to shed light on the place-based approaches used by UK trusts and foundations, and identify learning about the pitfalls and successes of these approaches.Using the findings from the research, a framework to support funders in the planning and implementation of place-based approaches has been produced. This is presented in the form of questions linked to key stages in the development of place-based working: rationale, design and delivery.The aim is to help funders to anticipate, address and review the challenges of place-based approaches in order to achieve their potential benefits.

Funder Collaboration – Is it worth it?

January 1, 2016

The Child Sexual Exploitation Funders' Alliance (CSEFA) is a group of 12 charitable fundersi who came together in 2012 to bring about a step change in the way child sexual exploitation is dealt with in the UK. Specifically, they wanted to see responses to child sexual exploitation positioned as an integral part of mainstream safeguarding. CSEFA members believe that by bringing together funders' knowledge, reach, resources and time, more has been achieved than would have been the case had the funders worked individually. As such, in this context, funder collaboration is definitely worth it. In the spirit of learning, and for the benefit of others interested in funder collaboration, this short paper sets out CSEFA's key features, benefits and challenges.

Evaluation Within UK Trusts and Foundations : Practice, Use and Challenges

September 1, 2015

This report presents a picture of evaluation within primarily larger trusts and foundations in the UK. It is based on the findings of an online survey completed by 34 trusts and foundations – 94% of whom awarded grants of more than £1m in 2013/14.The survey was designed to address a need for information about the positioning, resourcing and uses of evaluation in trusts and foundations which was highlighted at the inaugural convening of the UK Evaluation Roundtable in March 2014.Specifically, the survey aimed to:Understand the range of evaluative activities that trusts and foundations are undertaking and how these activities are being organised and invested in.Explore perceptions about how well trusts and foundations are making use of evaluative information to inform their work.Explore the challenges that trusts and foundations are facing in relation to their evaluation practices.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy Supported Options Initiative: Evaluation of Phase One

March 1, 2015

The Supported Options Initiative is one element of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Social Justice programme, delivered in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy (the Foundations). The first phase of the Initiative ran for two years from 2012. Its strategic goal was to 'support and encourage migrant, youth and advice organisations to better understand, respond to and reach out to young and child migrants with irregular immigration status, and capture and share learning to improve practice and policy'. In addition, three priority outcomes were specified:- Better advice services to young migrants through holistic approaches to their advice, support and information needs (legal and social)- Improved provision of online information and support to young migrants- Increased understanding of the issues facing young people leaving the UK, forcibly or voluntarily, and piloting options to better support them.

Evaluation of Right Here: A Young People's Mental Health Initiative of the Paul Hamlyn and Mental Health Foundations

November 21, 2014

Right Here was a five-year initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation that aimed to improve preventative and early intervention approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK.The initiative ran from 2009 - 2014 and was delivered across four local sites: Brighton and Hove, the London Borough of Newham, Sheffield and Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Itoffered a blend of activities to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing; build confidence and resilience through physical, creative and therapeutic activities; influence policy and practice locally; and deliver products and services that had been developed by young people.A central Right Here team with responsibility for coordinating the initiative also convened a National Youth Panel to contribute to the initiative's governance and influencing agenda; arranged showcasing and dissemination opportunities for the projects' work; and provided consultancy support to the grantholders.Youth participation was critically important to the initiative; both local projects and the central team had a variety of ways of involving young people in the planning of activities, projects and the initiative as a whole. Partnership was also an informing principle at local and national level. The initiative sought to develop new insights around these areas.

Thinking About ... Core Funding

January 1, 2013

Thinking about... core funding draws on learning from their own and others' research and interviews with key informants from seven charitable foundations providing core funding to shed light on why, when and how to use core funding. Their particular focus is social welfarevoluntary organisations, many of which are local. This part of the voluntary sector relies mainly on two types of income – grants from statutory bodies and fundraising from trusts and foundations. This makes their dependence on core funding from trusts and foundations, and full costrecovery, even more critical.

Beyond Money: A Study of Funding Plus in the UK

September 1, 2011

This report examines different approaches to funding plus used by UK charitable foundations. In addition, the survey tries to uncover the principal benefits, challenges and risks of these approaches in order to generate practically useful learning about funding plus.In this regard, the research found that the funding plus field comprises a broad range of definitions, purposes and activity. Within this we were able to identify five overarching preconditions for success in funding plus:- strong personal relationships- good knowledge of grantees and the sector in which they operate- grantees that are ready and willing for an engaged relationship with a funder- bespoke rather than standardised or prescriptive approaches- careful and responsible management of power relationships between funder and grantee