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Learning with intent: How to pay greater attention to how, why and from whom we learn

October 2021

Nikki Wimborne - Cripplegate Foundation

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In our third blog from our learning in uncertainty series, Nikki Wimborne from Cripplegate Foundation reflects on breaking free from old habits and developing questions to challenge how they work.

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Unrestricted funding: Where does it go and what difference does it make?

October 2021

Hannah Hoare, Executive Director at The Blue Thread foundation

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Hannah shares The Blue Thread foundation's approach to offering unrestricted funding.

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This series explores questions that were raised by 12 long-term charity leaders in the regular peer support sessions convened by Pears Foundation and facilitated by IVAR. In this blog, we look at succession planning means and how you might become 'successor ready', especially during uncertainty.

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In the second blog from our learning in uncertainty blog series, Donna Buxton from City Bridge Trust (CBT) reflects on how the pandemic has influenced the development of their Impact and Learning Strategy.

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How do I know if I’m staying too long?

October 2021

Annie Caffyn

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This series explores questions that were raised by 12 long-term charity leaders in the regular peer support sessions convened by Pears Foundation and facilitated by IVAR. In this blog, we look at how leaders can reflect on the reasons for staying and going, and what might help.

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Covid made us all into “learning organisations”

October 2021

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand - Pears Foundation

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In the first blog of our learning in uncertainty series, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand reflects on what it means to be a learning organisation and how we might incorporate the new skills developed during the pandemic and embrace disequilibrium, to become lifelong learners.

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Planning in uncertainty

September 2021

Ben Cairns, Natalie Corlett, Marguerite Hunter Blair - Chief Executive of Play Scotland, Eddie McConnell - Chief Executive of Down's Syndrome Scotland

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How can organisations be agile faced with an unpredictable future? Could funders better support them on this journey? This blog summarises our latest briefing following peer support sessions with Corra Foundation grantees, focused on Planning in uncertainty.

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How to use learning questions

August 2021

Eliza Buckley, Emily Dyson

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One way to hear different perspectives is to share your own thinking – including things you’re still thinking through, even if it’s messy. In this blog, Emily and Eliza explore the idea of 'powerful questions' that can be applied to learning.

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Perfectly placed to step up and argue for greater consistency and flexibility from public funding, we share why independent grantmakers should speak out:

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We’ve heard from 23 leaders during our recent peer support sessions. Here, two of those leaders share reflections about what it is like to lead through this period of prolonged upheaval.

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