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Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the Future of UK Civic Identity

September 18, 2017

The Charities Aid Foundation argues that philanthropy should be a central part of the discussion about the future of cities in the UK and makes specific recommendations to usher in a new golden age of civic giving. It recommends actions to be taken by central and local government, locally elected mayors, the public sector, philanthropists and charities. These include:-The development of a clear narrative about civic philanthropy-The establishment of Local Philanthropy Partnerships-The publication of a philanthropy strategy by regionally elected mayors and-The stimulation of a wider culture of giving in cities.

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Charities Taking Charge: Transforming To Face A Changing world

May 24, 2017

NPC's research on the State of the Sector involving 400 charity leaders. The findings hold up a mirror to the sector and highlight examples of those charities leading the way. Many charities are getting bogged down by issues mostly out of their hands. It's true that the sector faces many challenges. But they found some examples of sector leaders taking ownership and using what's in their power to move forward. They think many other organisations can learn from this. By working collaboratively, thinking creatively, and looking afresh at their relationships and resources, there's an opportunity to flip the narrative.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

A Whole New World : Funding and Commissioning in Complexity

May 1, 2017

This report, undertaken by Newcastle University Business School in partnership with Collaborate, delves into the ways in which funders  are beginning to realise the importance of recognising complexity. Rather than working to fictional 'transformations' which start with a problem, deliver a service and expect a result, they are becoming more flexible when addressing problems; working in a way which is at once more human and more systemic.Outcomes are created by people's interaction with whole systems, not by particular interventions or organisations. Funders and commissioners working in this way take some responsibility for the health of a system as a whole, because healthy systems produce better outcomes. They take a system coordination role. They invest in network infrastructure which enables actors in the system to communicate effectively; they invest in building positive, trusting relationships and developing the skills of the people who work in the system.The report identifies an opportunity to evolve beyond the New Public Management paradigm (NPM). NPM assumes that workers must be incentivized through performance targets to perform well, and therefore requires that metrics be used to measure the performance of people and organisations, as mechanisms to hold them accountable for producing desired outcomes. This approach leads to gaming (people doing activity which makes the data look better, rather than activity which genuinely helps people), and to fragmented services.This report offers a glimpse of an emerging new approach – funders and commissioners who are beginning to work differently. This is the start of an exploring how it can be funded and commissioned in a way which meets the needs and strengths of real people.

Grantmaking and Programme Management

Capital Grant Funding : A Research Report

January 1, 2017

In May 2015 the Clothworkers' Foundation commissioned new research on the current provision of capital grant funding to the voluntary sector, with the particular aim of informing the Foundation's five-yearly strategy review. This report has been compiled to make the detailed findings of the study more widely available. It provides a comprehensive picture of the current scale and scope of capital grant funding by independent charitable foundations, and the perspectives of funders, applicants and grantees on emerging trends and issues.The research was carried out in association with the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School and the Association of Charitable Foundations, and conducted by Cathy Pharoah, Catherine Walker and Richard Jenkins.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Strong Foundations: How Corporate Foundations Raise Money and Do Good Work

January 1, 2017

This report researches 20 of some of the most well known corporate foundations in the UK, to reveal general trends regarding:- sources of income- spending on charitable activities- causes to support- relationship to founder companyThe report then takes a closer look at 5 of these corporate foundations to provide greater insight into where and how they get their funding, who their trustees are, and what causes they are supporting.

Corporate Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Uk Policy and the Global Closing Space for Civil Society: A 2017 Update

January 1, 2017

This report is an updated version of a report of the same title published by CAF in April 2016 to coincide with an official visit from Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and of association (a follow-up visit to his 2013 review), who spoke about the closing space for civil society at Parliamentary event hosted by CAF. That report sought to raise awareness of the impact that UK policy - given position of leadership and long history of cultivating civil society - could have on the closing space for civil society globally. That 'Discussion paper n°5' briefly explores the nature of the UK's soft power and how it can be wielded, before looking at recent global policy developments restricting the ability of CSOs to advocate; a trend that has become known as the 'closing space for civil society.'It goes on to examine the benefits that civil society advocacy brings to society, explores recent developments affecting civil society advocacy in the UK, and asks whether the legislative and rhetorical environment that has developed in the UK affects its international standing and ability to wield soft power.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Driving Impact Through Networks: Learning Through Experience

December 1, 2016

This paper provides an overview of current thinking on network impact, pulling together insights from Aleron, a social impact consulting firm, and Sinzer's (that offers software for measuring impact) recent network impact event, and offers case studies looking at the way different types of networks provide value for their members. The report identifies three models of network; those that are formally integrated, that share a common platform, or that share a common language of success. It offers a framework for evaluating the impact of each type.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Evaluation and Learning

Valuing Data: How to Use It in Your Grant-Making

November 2, 2016

Valuing data: How to use it in your grant-making |There are over 10,000 charitable foundations in the UK. Between them, they generate a vast amount of data. But this data has not traditionally been seen as a resource in the same way that money has been, and this is a missed opportunity. This report outlines how grant-makers can use data at both an individual and a collective level to improve their funding practice.

Grantmaking and Programme Management; Technology and Foundations

Foundations and the Ambiguity of Success and Failure : A Case Collection

October 1, 2016

The Hertie School releases its findings from an international research project "Foundation Successes and Failures: Implications for Policy and Management – Developing a Case studies Repertoire". Professor Helmut K. Anheier led the research project, which was made possible by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The project looks at 20 case studies of philanthropic foundations from a range of fields in seven countries including Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. The primary intended purpose is to be used by foundation boards, foundation staff training and executive education. The vignettes may also serve teaching purposes at university master level programs, particularly in public policy and business schools. For example, several will become teaching cases at the Harvard Business School.One major conclusion based on the collection of case studies is that 'success' and 'failure' are not as clear cut as it would appear. Any claims of failure or success should be approached with caution, and there are no simple solutions for high impact results or maximized philanthropic contributions. Despite ambiguity, planning and performance measures are better than none at all. A fuller analysis will be forthcoming as a book in 2017 published by Helmut K. Anheier and Diana Leat (London: Routledge).

Administration and Management; Evaluation and Learning; Grantmaking and Programme Management

From Refugees to Workers : Mapping Labour-Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Eu Member States - Volume I: Comparative Analysis and Policy Findings

October 1, 2016

This study intends to provide a better understanding of the challenges with regard to the integration of refugees into the labour-markets. What are the strategies and practices implemented in different EU Member States to facilitate access to employment? What do we know about their effectiveness? What are good practices and lessons learned in different countries? The study includes detailed case studies for the following nine EU Member States: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The research points to the need for increased coordination at all levels, the conditions for successful public-private partnerships, and the adequate sequence of work integration and language learning, for example. Not least, it makes clear that finding effective ways to bring refugees to work will prove key for Europe's future.It has been produced by the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute in Florence.Search also for: Volume II "Literature Review and Country Case Studies".

Employment and Labour; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

From Refugees to Workers: Mapping Labour-Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in EU Member States - Volume II: Literature Review and Country Case Studies

October 1, 2016

This study intends to provide a better understanding of the challenges with regard to the integration of refugees into the labour-markets. What are the strategies and practices implemented in different EU Member States to facilitate access to employment? What do we know about their effectiveness? What are good practices and lessons learned in different countries? The study includes detailed case studies for the following nine EU Member States: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The research points to the need for increased coordination at all levels, the conditions for successful public-private partnerships, and the adequate sequence of work integration and language learning, for example. Not least, it makes clear that finding effective ways to bring refugees to work will prove key for Europe's future.It has been produced by the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute in Florence.Search also for: Volume I of the report "Comparative Analysis and Policy Findings".

Employment and Labour; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Fixing Food : Towards a More Sustainable Food System

October 1, 2016

Fixing Food is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report on food system sustainability globally, spanning agriculture, nutrition, and food loss and waste. It draws on an interview programme with experts from the academic, public and private sectors and is published alongside the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, which ranks 25 countries according to their food system sustainability. The project was developed with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN).

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; International Affairs, Global Challenges

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