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Helping funders commit to continuation funding

February 2019

Ben Cairns

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Following Dan Paskins' blog encouraging funders to develop their thinking about continuation funding, Ben shares four questions for funders to ask themselves.

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All funders owe it to the sector to continue to improve their thinking on continuation funding

February 2019

Dan Paskins | Senior Head of Portfolio Development at the National Lottery Community Fund

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What many charities want isn’t just a single grant for one, three or even five years, but some funding to try things out, and then more funding to keep their activities going and develop them further.

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Ben reflects that in recent years whatever our research question, the answers often included something about the need for core funding.

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3 things to notice from 'Slice and Dice' - a tool to explore GrantNav data visually

December 2018

Suraj Vadgama | Product Lead at CAST

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Suraj Vadgama, Product Lead at the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), shares three things that stand out from his data visualisation to explore themes in grant funding.

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How to embed youth volunteering - meaningfully

November 2018

Annie Caffyn

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The challenges of embedding volunteering are well-documented – from the shifting sands of voluntary services to staff perceptions and the need for regular communication and support. We've collated tips and tricks from hospital volunteer coordinators.

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It’s one thing to decide that you want to work with young volunteers, but where do you start and how do you keep new recruits interested? We've collated tips from hospital volunteer coordinators.

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'If not us, then who?'

November 2018

Katie Turner

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Senior researcher Katie Turner reflects on her conversations with small charities in Ealing, as part of research to understand what is distinctive and valuable about them relative to larger charities and public bodies.

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Grant reporting is broken. But we can fix it!

October 2018

Renae Mann | National Business Development Manager | Refugee Action

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Funders and funded organisations eagerly debated how we could improve grant reporting culture at a recent workshop. Renae Mann shares her reflections on the session.

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The art of accountability beyond counting

October 2018

Mike Aiken

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Just try saying the word 'accountability' in your community organisation. Even the sound of it can make us think of 'counting' or even 'accountancy'. We set out to discover, for Power to Change, what accountability means in community-based organisations and how it is done in practice.

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How are we using the law as a tactic for social change?

July 2018

Harriet Lowe | Communications & Research Officer at The Baring Foundation

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Law and human rights based approaches can be important tools for civil society. But when and how are they used by the UK voluntary sector? The Baring Foundation's Communications and Research Officer introduces the findings of their review of the evidence base around legal action by the voluntary sector.

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