Will we choose to fund the planet?

Will we choose to fund the planet?

In John F Kennedy’s speech in 1962 announcing America’s mission, the words he uses are: “we choose to go the moon”. The climate crisis is our challenge. In the UK less than 4% of Foundation’s funding goes to the environment. The money is not matching the rise in public profile and concern, or the size of the problem. Will we choose to fund the planet?

The rise of gaming philanthropy

The rise of gaming philanthropy

Gaming is a booming industry. Not surprisingly, gaming has attracted fundraisers who are looking for new income streams and seeking to engage with a younger audience. For anyone, say over 30, who feels an outsider in this world of gaming, you can be reassured that the philanthropic initiatives that look to tap into this potential generosity are familiar.

Who's looking at you?

Who's looking at you?

There is a rise of ‘proactive philanthropy’ - where donors and grant makers seek out the organisations they want to fund. For charities and other voluntary sector organisations this means that rather than having the control of presenting yourself in an application form, you could be externally reviewed at any time. Here are my top tips for being ready

What is your trust appetite?

What is your trust appetite?

Grant giving is not just a transfer of funds or a process, but an expression of trust. Awarding a grant is trusting that the organisation supported will do what they said they would with the money and will do their best to achieve what they are setting out to do. Whilst it is right to pay attention to the risks and to measure impact, I find that very little attention is paid to the other side of the coin: trust.

How to assess culture

How to assess culture

The purpose of grant assessments is to determine the quality and eligibility of a proposal. It is these judgments that help a funder decide how best to allocate their resources. Reviewing the application form and supporting documents such as annual accounts, business plans and policies, gives an assessor one picture of the organisation.  But if, as they say, “culture eats strategy for breakfast” then it is worth assessing culture as an important factor of a successful organisation. So how do we assess this?