Funders' Collaborative Hub

The Funders' Collaborative Hub is an initiative to enable increased understanding, closer alignment, and opportunities for funder collaboration in response to Covid-19. It aims to enhance the effectiveness and impact of individual and collective responses by funders, in order to maximise the potential of their resources to benefit civil society organisations and the communities they serve.

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The Hub brings together the knowledge, skills, expertise and resources of funders (including foundations, philanthropists and others) in partnership with wider civil society, to create a time-limited, collective, evidence-based and effective contribution to the response required as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Vision: The Hub informs and amplifies the contribution that individual funders can make. The impact of the hub is more than the sum of its parts and contributes to a VCS that is resilient, inclusive, informed and effective.

Principles: Drawing on those developed by the Covid-19 Funder pledge, the Hub works to the following guiding principles: Intelligent, complementary, easy, trusting, flexible, reflective, equitable, straightforward, quick, transparent, and co-created.

The Hub promotes activity and learning developed by existing and developing funder collaborations responding to Covid-19 with a focus on particular issues or areas. It has a UK wide remit, and while organisations involved in the Hub do not need to be members of ACF they should be committed to sharing data, including through 360Giving, and insights/learning via the Hub.

What does the Hub do for funders?

The Hub helps funders answer four primary questions:
“What collaborations are happening already in response to Covid-19?”
“Who else is involved or is interested in a collaboration focused on an area of importance to us?”
“How can our funding best help?”
“What and where are the emerging needs and gaps?”

To achieve these outcomes the Hub will:
Encourage funders to connect to achieve a critical mass of engagement and data that is accessible, open and helpful for all kinds of funders
Promote ways that funders can collaborate that includes pooled and aligned funds, but also information sharing, including linking to existing or emerging networks and convening groups of funders
Ensure that the Hub platform is up-to-date, comprehensive and easy to engage with
Bring to funders the voices, key evidence and data from wider civil society to ensure they are directed towards emerging needs and gaps.

Progress to date and next steps

The Hub has evolved from a project in development to one that is now delivering. The Hub is now:
Engaging existing funder collaborations
Supporting new ideas
Showcasing the benefits of working together
Engaging with wider civil society

The Hub team is continuing to engage with funders via the online platform, and engaging wider civil society. The Hub will evolve in response to the needs of the sector. If you are involved in a collaboration, interested in joining one or have comments and suggestions about any aspect of the Hub we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected].

Who is involved?

ACF hosts a small staff team that delivers the day to day work with support from a volunteer project group comprised of foundation representatives that has met weekly since early May (a list of members of this group is here). ACF and the project group report to a volunteer strategy group comprised of representatives from the foundation and philanthropic sector and civil society organisations (a list of members is here, along with its terms of reference).


How to get involved

Critical to the effectiveness of the Hub is involvement of a wide and diverse range of organisations. If you would like to:
Join the Hub's stakeholder list
Tell us about a funder collaboration
Seek support to develop your ideas
Provide input to the development of the Hub

Please email [email protected] to get in touch and follow the Hub on Twitter @FunderHub

Upcoming events

Upcoming events can be viewed on the Funders' Collaborative Hub website.

Past events

Webinar: Foundation collaboration in response to Covid-19 - 8 October 2020

This special event for ACF members set out the key ingredients for effective foundation collaboration, drawing on lessons from the past, examples from the present and plans for the future. It also provided members with a briefing on the new Funders' Collaborative Hub. 

Chair: Faiza Khan, Engagement and Insight Director, National Lottery Community Fund
Panel: Carol Mack, CEO of ACF; Ben Cairns, CEO of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR); Clare Carter, director of the Access to Justice Foundation ; James Banks, director of London Funders; Max Rutherford, head of policy at ACF, speaking on behalf of the Hub team.

Watch now on YouTube.

View more previous events on the Funders' Collaborative Hub website.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

The Hub considers diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout its work as a strategic priority and an ongoing work in progress. The initial strategy group draws on expertise from across foundations and civil society. Activity and deliverables are intended to be co-designed and co-produced so that they take account of the needs of protected characteristics (including race, gender, disability), and also to recognise the circumstances of different places in terms of location. It also seeks to embed ACF's ‘pillars of stronger foundation practice’ developed through its Stronger Foundations initiative.