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Beyond Money

Funding Plus in the UK

September 2011

Eliza Buckley, Steven Burkeman, Ben Cairns, Alison Harker


Beyond money: A study of funding plus in the UK is the final report of research funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Trust for London.   The report examines different approaches to funding plus used by UK charitable foundations. We look at the principal benefits, challenges and risks of these approaches in order to generate practically useful learning about funding plus.   The research found that the funding plus field comprises a broad range of definitions, purposes and activity. Within this we were able to identify five overarching preconditions for success in funding plus:  

  1. Strong personal relationships
  2. Good knowledge of grantees and the sector in which they operate
  3. Grantees that are ready and willing for an engaged relationship with a funder
  4. Bespoke rather than standardised or prescriptive approaches
  5. Careful and responsible management of power relationships between funder and grantee
  Andrew Cooper, Research Manager at The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund says: ‘This report makes an important contribution to the body of research on funding plus by UK trusts and foundations. There’s a growing interest in funding plus but a lack of evidence about how it is experienced by both funders and grantees, and very little guidance to help us measure its successes and failures. We hope that this report will be a catalyst for further debate and research.’


(Beyond_money_a Study of funding plus in the UK 2011)

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