Working with Independent funders on collaborative social change. Funders have already created good practice within their programmes of work; but how can we improve practice between them which recognises and responds to the collective responsibility they have towards the social issues they fund?
Last month Collaborate, along with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the IKEA Foundation and Big Lottery Fund, presented the Funding Ecology concept and the complimentary mapping technique at the European Foundation Centre’s annual conference. The session encouraged independent funders from across Europe to consider their role and value within a funding ecosystem, and provided examples of how mapping could support this process of awareness. See here for a more detailed review.
Supporting Social Change: The Role of Social Investment explores the emerging relationship between grant-making and social investment, and the ways in which independent funders can work together to develop new financial models to support social change.
This report is the second in our Funding Ecology programme, building on our previous work in this area to shape a vital debate about changing models of social change as well as the roles of the social, public and private sectors in funding and supporting it.
Independent funders don't collaborate enough and are unfit for purpose, according to a recent report and a blog by Hayman of the Social Investment Consultancy. Third Sector's Susannah Birkwood asks if this criticism is well founded.
There has been a recent surge in interest around how well the world of grant makers and independent foundations work with others around them to achieve really meaningful social change. Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund, blogs about our funding ecology programme in Third Sector.