Flexible funding

We are calling for funders to adopt more open and trusting practices that make life easier for those they fund.

Our ambition

We want funders to make grants in a way that reflects the realities facing charities now and for the foreseeable future.

Eight commitments

We worked with charities and funders to design eight commitments to managing grants and relationships in a way that reflects funders’ confidence in and respect for the organisations they fund.

The Funding Experience Survey

100 funders are listening: How can we reduce the wasted time, effort and stress of fundraising and funding relationships? We’re asking charities to spend 15 minutes answering The Funding Experience Survey, to influence how £800m of UK grants are made and managed.

Share the survey with your grantees and , if possible, recent unsuccessful applicants using our comms pack. We want to hear from at least 1,000 grant applicants about what matters most to them, so that we can work with funders to change their practices and behaviours.

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The eight commitments

Over 100 grantmakers have signed up to our eight commitments to funding charities in an open and trusting way. We hold regular meetings for people to reflect on and develop their practice, and are working on a way for charities to hold open and trusting grantmakers to account.

Open and trusting grantmakers:

Our strategic aims, size, and governance are very different. But we all believe that how we do it matters: who we reach, how we judge applications, the kind of funding we give and the relationships we make.

When funders sign up to our community, they explain how they’ll be working towards each of the commitments. Click on a logo to find out more.

Forever Manchester logo.
William Grant Foundation logo.
Rocket Science logo - Flexible Funder sign-up through IVAR's flagship.
Sir George Martin Trust.
Joffe Charitable Trust logo.
Comic Relief logo.
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Why it matters:

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