Association of Charitable Foundations
The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) is the membership body for UK foundations and grant-making charities.
Driven by a belief that foundations are a vital source for social good, their mission is to support foundations to be ambitious and effective in the way that they use their resources. They do this through the provision of policy and advocacy, research and information, and a wide-ranging programme of events and learning. They have over 400 members.
Grant Givers Movement
The Grant Givers Movement is a non-hierarchical gathering of those working in the grant giving sector. It’s a space for those who feel passionate about making positive change in and through the sector, to do so with collective power behind them.
The movement is an opportunity for people working in grant giving to collaborate. Together, we seek to challenge the status-quo on issues such as where endowments are invested, where power lies, systems change and the role of philanthropy in tackling some of society’s most pressing problems. Ultimately, it’s about joining up and improving grant-making from within.
ACF Stronger Foundations
Stronger Foundations is a flagship ACF project that aims to help grant-making charitable foundations identify and pursue ambitious practice. We highlight the reports on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Transparency & Engagement. Also of relevance is the ‘cross-cutting themes’ report which includes a focus on ‘accountability’ and ‘power’ as two of the themes. These can be found here: www.acf.org.uk/policy-practice/stronger-foundations/
They have a self-assessment tool for Foundation members, and they can assess themselves against pillars of stronger foundation practice.
Why Diversity Matters
McKinsey article explaining why diversity matters, most notably organisation who have a more diverse workforce preform better finically.
How to build an inclusive workplace
Kazoo HR has published 15 tips for Building a More Inclusive Workplace in 2022.
A US-based organisation. They have produced a helpful report on DEI and foundation practice.
Ten Years Time
They aim to inject ambition, imagination, equity and justice into philanthropy, by reducing the proximity between financial wealth and community ‘wealth’.
DEI Data Group
The DEI Data Group is an independent working group convened by Fozia Irfan and Josh Cockroft, and includes a range of foundations and funders from across the United Kingdom. The key thread that connects these foundations is the understanding that without an effective framework to capture DEI data there can be no effective action to identify and target funding to address structural inequalities.
Funders Alliance for Racial Equality
This collaborative of foundations meets regularly to share learning and progress made in its pursuit of race equality. Equally Ours acts as secretariat, and you can read more about its early thinking here. It has developed an audit tool to help foundations decide what actions need to be taken. You can watch a webinar on how it works, view the downloaded presentation and also download the spreadsheet.
Guidance for publishing in Welsh
The Welsh Language Commissioner (Comisiynydd y Gymraeg) have useful guidance for publishing resource in Welsh.
How to write an inclusive job advert
Charity Digital publishes guidance on how you can be more digitally inclusive. For example, a key study shows that the average reading age in the UK is around nine years old
Website Accessibility Support
The Shaw Trust offers a free accessibility snapshot service. As well as a more in-depth paid for accessibility assessment.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a useful guide for reporting the gender pay gap.
Accessible Communications Guidance
The UK government have published useful guidance on accessible communications.
Accountability & Transparency
IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action and Research)
Over 80 grantmakers have signed up to our eight commitments to funding charities in an open and trusting way. They hold regular meetings for people to reflect on and develop their practice and are working on a way for charities to hold open and trusting grantmakers to account.
A well know organisation. They help organisations openly and consistently publish grants data, and help people use it to improve charitable giving.
GrantAdvisor UK is an online service that facilitates open dialogue between third sector organisations and grantmakers by collecting authentic, real-time reviews and comments on grantseekers’ experiences working with funders to encourage more productive philanthropy. The approach aims to create honest and public feedback on grantmakers’ work, whilst also creating stronger peer sharing between third sector organisations.
GlassPockets aim to bring transparency to philanthropy. Currently, at time of this writing, 109 foundations are registered.
Charities Responsible Investment Network
This network of foundations supported by responsible investment charity, ShareAction, aims to assist trusts to learn, share and take action to develop their responsible investment practices to bring their investments in line with their respective charitable missions.
Social Impact Investors Group
This network of trusts actively engaged in direct mission aligned investments is supported by the Association of Charitable Foundations.