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One year ago, we published the first of fifteen Covid-19 briefings for funders. Now, having heard from more than 500 VCSE leaders, we offer four reflections on what matters most in how funders go forward.

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Pause, reflect and respond

March 2021

Dr Vita Terry

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Dr Vita Terry shares the practical suggestions to supporting workforce health and wellbeing from conversations we’ve had with over 400 voluntary sector leaders in our peer support sessions.

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Two practical ideas to increase unrestricted funding

March 2021

Nick Addington - Chief Executive at William Grant Foundation

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The William Grant Foundation have signed up to our eight commitments for open and trusting grant-making. They join us as one of our #FlexibleFunders to share some practical ideas to developing practices from their experiences and ideas – authored by Nick Addington, Chief Executive.

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Four ways now can be a moment for transformational learning

February 2021

Tanya Beer| IVAR associate

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In reflection, Tanya Beer – IVAR associate – shares the four key reflections from the Evaluation Roundtable 2020 session to enable transformational learning for funders.

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Health inequalities and Covid-19: How can we respond collaboratively?

January 2021

Dr Esther Oenga, Cecily Mwaniki | Utulivu

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Panellists Dr Esther Oenga and Cecily Mwaniki from Utulivu reflect on how responding collaboratively can help us to address health inequalities among the ethnically diverse and refugee communities’ – following IVAR’s Transforming Healthcare Together Virtual Conference in November 2020.

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Where to start when everything is so uncertain

January 2021

Ben Cairns | IVAR, Sara Llewellin | Barrow Cadbury Trust

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Ben Cairns and Sara Llewellin explore how alignment helps trusts and foundations (as well as organisations of any kind) navigate uncertainty.

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How can funders learn, meaningfully?

December 2020

Elaine Wilson | Corra Foundation

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Elaine Wilson considers what behaviours enable funders to learn meaningfully.

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Making learning visible

December 2020

Amy Braier, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand & Bridget Kohner | Pears Foundation

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Pears Foundation share reflections on how they hope to learn in 2021.

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From isolation to opportunity – my story of adapting to Covid

December 2020

Patricia Kieran | Irish Institute for Catholic Studies

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As Director of the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies, a small organisation based in Limerick, Patricia Kieran discusses her journey through the Covid-19 crisis - from isolation to opportunity.

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In this short blog, we investigate the value of the VCSE sector beyond economic worth – encouraging VCSEs to be bolder in demonstrating their value to their community.

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