Welcome to 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.
The value of small
Smaller local charities combine three distinctive features in how they support people and communities, which sets them apart from both public-sector providers or larger charities.
Learning from funder responses to emergencies
In response to three different emergencies during Summer 2017 funders dispensed with ‘business as usual’ in order to provide urgent support to community organisations and services.
15 May 2018
Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it?
Gina Crane | Communications and Learning Manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
'Funder-led. Bureaucratic. Time-consuming. Misunderstood.' These are words used to describe grant reporting by six UK funders and six organisations they fund, at a workshop run by IVAR and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in April. Read about the discussions and share your thoughts about grant reporting.
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