Wednesday, 17 August 2022
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Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Your charity can influence how £800m+ of UK grants are made and managed

100 funders are listening: How can we reduce the wasted time, effort and stress of fundraising and funding relationships? The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) is asking charities to spend 15 minutes answering The Funding Experience Survey, to influence how £800m of UK grants are made and managed.

IVAR and more than 100 independent grantmakers – who have signed up to be more Open and Trusting in how they make and manage their grants – want to know how they can improve your funding experience. What behaviours, processes and practices help to reduce the wasted time, effort and stress of fundraising and funding relationships? What changes could funders make, and which of these matters most? The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and people’s views will have a direct influence because:

  • 100+ grantmakers have committed to using the results of this survey to improve what they do
  • You can be part of IVAR’s work on holding them to account for this promise  
  • Your replies are completely anonymous, so you can give honest feedback without any worries 
  • IVAR will publish the results and work with all our networks to persuade many more funders to take your feedback on board
  • IVAR will send you the results of the survey, so you know what the sector thinks

IVAR want to hear from at least 1,000 grant applicants and recipients. Survey respondents from registered charities will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of 10 prizes of £100 for their organisation. 

Ben Cairns, Director of IVAR, said: 

“This is a watershed moment for UK funding: over 100 grantmakers are committed to listening to applicants, and adapting how they work to reduce the wasted time, effort and stress of fundraising and funding relationships. We want to hear from at least 1,000 charities about what matters most to them so that we can work with funders to change their practices and behaviours.”

Harriet Stranks, Director of Grants at Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: 

“As funders, our job is to support charities so that they can do what they do best. It’s important that we listen to charities, respond to feedback and adapt the way we work so that we can meet the needs of the charities we exist to serve. That’s one of the reasons why we signed up to IVAR’s Open and Trusting initiative and will be reviewing the responses to this survey to see where we can learn and improve.”

Emma Kendall, Development Manager at Clean Break, said: 

“The Funding Experience Survey – and Open and Trusting Initiative – are really valuable because they give charities a voice within the funding relationship, to speak about things that may feel difficult or sensitive but address how these relationships work.”

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