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Thinking about merger in 2020

June 2020

Ben Cairns

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We have learned much over the last two decades about what makes a merger successful. How much can be applied in the current circumstances?

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This blog shares four perspectives of practitioners who have led merger processes. We asked Laurie Rackind, Joanna Holmes, Ben Hughes and Leah Swain to share their reflections for other leaders contemplating merger in the current context.

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How can we - as funders - help communities to deal with the pandemic?

May 2020

Jake Grout-Smith and Clare Kiely | Comic Relief

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In the midst of a pandemic, what are we learning as a group of funders (Comic Relief’s UK Intermediary Funders initiative) that we can hold onto as we move into recovery and renewal? Through this blog, we wanted to share some of the questions we’ve been discussing amongst our five funding organisations.

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Funders’ short-term focus on Covid-19 is creating a problem

May 2020

Matt Bell | Plymouth Octopus Project (POP+)

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We've just run a survey of how charities, social enterprises and grassroots groups have been affected by Covid-19. We're anticipating a future problem caused by the complexity in the funding landscape and the short-term focus on Covid-19.

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Covid-19: The diary of a small funder

May 2020

Carla Marshall, Trust Manager | Sir George Martin Trust, North Yorkshire

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VCSE organisations are wondering - are funders thinking about the future? This blog gives a snapshot of a small funder's experiences during the first weeks of the UK Covid-19 crisis.

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Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, we have been scouring our collective histories (of research as well as lived experiences) to help inform and guide our responses. As our gaze begins to turn, tentatively, to recovery and the longer-term, what lessons might we find in the coping strategies employed during the recession and ensuing austerity of ten or so years ago?

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Six ideas and priorities highlighted by the leaders attending our first round of online peer support sessions for VCSE organisations.

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Covid-19: How funders can ease reporting requirements

April 2020

Ben Cairns | IVAR and Gina Crane | Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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Funders across the UK are busy adapting their processes to better support their grantees and the wider sector in the face of the spread and emerging impact of the coronavirus. We asked what immediate action they are taking to lighten the reporting load on grantees and be truly responsive.

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Civic and community action in times of crisis

March 2020

Mike Aiken

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The current crisis is an opportunity to show imagination about changing some of the traditional ways we might work together.

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How can funders respond quickly and effectively to the challenge of supporting and sustaining the wider sector through this crisis?

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