Independent funders 'are not collaborating effectively', report says

Supporting Social Change: A New Funding Ecology
Supporting Social Change: A New Funding Ecology

Independent funders are inhibiting the systemic change of social support in the UK by failing to collaborate as effectively as they should, according to research commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The report, Supporting Social Change: A New Funding Ecology, by the community interest company Collaborate, argues that bottom-up social change initiatives are undermined by a lack of collaboration between the individuals and institutions that fund them.

Based on interviews and focus groups with independent funders, the report says that in order to help projects to be more effective, funders should see their role less as "guardians of self-identified change" and more as partners in an ecosystem of support for others.

It says there should be more use of information-sharing and a more holistic understanding of the drivers of social change.

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