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Welcome to the Institute for Voluntary Action Research – IVAR. We are an independent charity that works closely with people and organisations striving for social change. From the very small that directly support the most vulnerable in their local communities, to those that work nationally – across the voluntary, public and funding sectors.


We use research to develop practical responses to the challenges faced and create opportunities for people to learn from our findings. This site is home to our bank of research and resources, providing insights that can help organisations adapt to change and make informed and confident decisions.

Recently published


Gilly Green

13 June 2019

Responsive grant-making needs a proactive strategy

Gilly Green | Research Associate

As part of our recent review of the Wellcome Trust’s Public Engagement Fund, we have been thinking about what it means to be a responsive grant maker.

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Rebekah Goddard

23 April 2019

Leadership in Philanthropy – A Newcomer's Reflections

Rebekah Goddard | Head of Learning at UK Community Foundations

Rebekah reflects on joining the world of UK Trusts and Foundations, as Head of Learning at UK Community Foundations.

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