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Beyond Money

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.’

Thinking about… collaboration

In spite of unprecedented levels of policy-driven interest in collaborative working involving voluntary organisations, we know from our work that individuals and organisations can experience practical difficulties when trying to work collaboratively with others.   They face searching questions, such as:
 
  • Who should we collaborate with and why?
  • What form should collaboration take?
  • What do we need to do to make collaboration worthwhile?
  • How can we minimise the tensions which seem to accompany attempts to enact change in organisations?

In 2010, an attempt to shed some light on these enduring puzzles, we reviewed our portfolio of research over our first 10 years (2000-2010). Findings from this review are presented in this publication.

Getting ready for collaboration

Getting ready for collaboration: Learning from experience was written to help staff, trustees and volunteers from voluntary organisations to get ready for working in collaboration. The guide covers all forms of collaboration – from sharing information and developing a common policy response to mergers.   Getting ready for collaboration can help you and your organisation to:  
  • make an informed choice about whether and how to work in collaboration with another voluntary organisation
  • think carefully and thoroughly about the process of working in collaboration, so that any possible change to your organisation can be safe, inclusive and cause minimum disruption
  • become more aware of the practical implications and requirements of collaborative working.

The governance of small voluntary organisations

This exploratory study, carried out by the IVAR and the Institute for Volunteering Research, aimed to explore the governance challenges facing small voluntary sector organisations. We interviewed the Chair or Vice Chair of six organisations and three City Bridge Trust consultants. The report highlights the distinctiveness of governance and outlines challenges and support needs in small organisations.

Beyond One Voice

This research on representation in the third sector, carried out in 2009, has its roots in two earlier studies carried out in partnership between IVAR and the I&DeA (now Local Government Association).

Lessons from the field

The Lessons from the Field project had two principal aims:
  1. To learn how to improve the effectiveness of governance in small voluntary and community organisations
  2. To provide evidence for a national strategy on governance.
This report concentrates maps the context for small organisations governance and evaluates four different models of supporting trustees in small voluntary organisations and community groups.