Welcome to IVAR 

We work with charities, foundations and public agencies to strengthen communities across the UK through action research.

Find insights and resources for:

The funding experience survey

#HowYouFundMatters. Picture of man teaching others to do a press-up. Open and trusting with IVAR badge. Image credit: Sport 4 Health.

100 funders are listening: How can we reduce the wasted time, effort and stress of fundraising and funding relationships? We’re asking charities to spend 15 minutes answering The Funding Experience Survey, to influence how £800m of UK grants are made and managed.

Complete the survey and use our comms pack to share with your colleagues and networks. We want to hear from at least 1,000 grant applicants about what matters most to them, so that we can work with funders to change their practices and behaviours. 

Join our Board

We’re recruiting new trustees! If you are interested in and support our work, we’d love to hear from you. We’re particularly hoping to find people with one or more of the following:

  • Experience in a leadership role of a charity, social enterprise or a trust/foundation
  • Strong networks in the voluntary sector
  • Deep roots in voluntary sector research
  • Expertise in campaigning – to inform how we communicate about our work

Click on this box to find out more about being a trustee at IVAR and how to apply.

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With thanks to our core funders:

The photos across our website show the social change work of the people, charities and communities we collaborate with. At the bottom of each page, you can find out more about the communities pictured.

With thanks to Switchback, Paul Coleman/Eden Project Communities, James O. Jenkins/Help on Your Doorstep, One25, Farland Way Big Lunch, and Sport4Health for the photos used on this page.

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