Trust Fundraising

Good practice, case studies, expert advice and tips on trust fundraising for charities.

Flexible funding – the evolution of trusts and foundations through Covid-19

Despite gloomy forecasts of trust and foundation depletion, funding from organisations such as Comic Relief might not only be holding up, but changing for the better. Rebecca Cooney reports

Craig Jones: 'There’s a sense of having been through an ordeal together'

The first-time chief executive of the Royal Osteoporosis Society was two days into the role when lockdown began. He tells Rebecca Cooney how communication, both internal and external, has helped the charity through the crisis

In the face of a fundraising crisis, constancy is a high-value commodity

As the impact of the coronavirus makes fundraising increasingly difficult, charities should be asking what they can do for their donors, Rebecca Cooney hears

Fundraising study: Giving remains a national pastime

Third Sector's annual Donating Trends survey finds few people are signing up to the Fundraising Preference Service, there is work to do on public trust, but a refreshingly high number of people still give, writes Rebecca Cooney

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation applies a lighter touch

The foundation has dispensed with the usual grant application process for its latest fund. Its chief executive, Moira Sinclair, tells Tom de Castella why

Analysis: are trusts and foundations doing the right thing?

Independent funders don't collaborate enough and are unfit for purpose, according to a recent report and a hard-hitting blog by social investment specialist Jake Hayman (pictured). Susannah Birkwood gets the responses of three trust leaders

Analysis: The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust vs the Charity Commission

Did the Charity Commission go too far in appearing to fetter the funding decisions of a charity's trustees? Susannah Birkwood and Stephen Cook report

Annual report: The Disabilities Trust

The charity has opted for a bright and simple document which revolves around the theme of independence

Big Giver: The Veolia Environmental Trust

The grant-making arm of landfill operator Veolia gives between £4m and £5m a year to community and voluntary organisations that benefit communities living near landfill sites

Big Giver: Lloyds Bank Foundation

Paul Streets, chief executive of the foundation, talks to Jenna Pudelek about its new grant-making strategy

Annual report: Brandon Trust

The learning disabilities and autism charity decided to present its report in the form of a travel blog

Our team: Youth Sport Trust

Helen Vost, director of fundraising at the charity that supports young people through sports, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Big Giver: John Lyon's Charity

Cathryn Pender, grants director at the trust, talks to Jenna Pudelek about funding organisations that improve the lives of children through education

Big giver: John Ellerman Foundation

Nicola Pollock, director of the foundation, says the organisation has reviewed its application process to make it more focused

Big Giver: Children in Need

Sheila Jane Malley says the grant-maker has a fresh strategy

Big Giver: Andrews Charitable Trust

Sian Edwards, director of the trust, says it looks for inspirational founders that have strong ideas

Big giver: The Clothworkers' Foundation

Sam Grimmett Batt, grants officer at the foundation, says the organisation likes funding proven projects that have been working for a long time

Big Giver: Nuffield Foundation

Sharon Witherspoon, director of the foundation, talks to Jenna Pudelek about how it looks for clear evidence in funding applications

Big Giver: Co-operative Membership Community Fund

Sarah Robinson, manager of the community fund, says projects have got to have an impact on the local community

Big Giver: The Ernest Cook Trust

Nicholas Ford, director of the trust, tells Jenna Pudelek why it doesn't have long application forms and prefers to talk to people directly

Big Giver: The Nominet Trust

Annika Small, the trust's chief executive, talks to Jenna Pudelek about how it gives grants to projects that innovate with technology

Big Giver: Garfield Weston Foundation

The foundation supports charities and projects with grants ranging from £1,000 to more than £1m

Big Giver: Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Robert Dufton, director of the foundation, talks to Jenna Pudelek about how the organisation is marking its 25th birthday

Big Giver: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Dawn Austwick, the organisation's chief executive, talks to Jenna Pudelek about why the foundation is focusing on niche funding

Big Giver: Hunter Foundation

Jenna Pudelek finds out why the foundation is taking a proactive approach to 'venture philanthropy'

Big Giver: The Foyle Foundation

Jenna Pudelek finds out why a change of focus means the foundation funds more than just the arts

Big Giver: The Jack Petchey Foundation

Chief operating officer Trudy Kilcullen tells Jenna Pudelek about investing £7m per year in projects for young people

Big Giver: Dulverton Trust

Chloe Stothart finds out why the Dulverton Trust prefers to give grants to smaller organisations

Big Giver: Pilgrim Trust

Georgina Naylor, director of the trust, tells Chloe Stothart that it often tries to back hard-to-fund causes

Big Giver: Doughty Hanson Charitable Foundation and Doughty Family Foundation

The late Nigel Doughty talks to Sophie Hudson about leading a corporate and family charitable foundation

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