On this page you will find the latest information relating to Covid-19 as it affects foundations

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ACF resources

Events: We continue to bring foundations together to share good practice and build knowledge, skills and confidence – perhaps now more than ever. Many of our events will take place online and new events are being added regularly. Check our events listings for updates.

Communications: We are committed to providing members with timely and relevant information. Funders' News is being sent every two weeks electronically, and you can follow us on Twitter for daily updates and resources. Register here and update your communications preferences to make sure you receive everything electronically. 

The latest issue of Trust & Foundation News focused on reflections and responses to Covid-19, featuring interviews with members and thoughts on how specific issues are being impacted. Download it here.

Queries: Members can ask queries on Funder Network, our free knowledge sharing platform, or contact



Foundations and Covid-19: March 2020 (members click here to view)

Foundations, Covid-19 and racial disparity: A time for urgent action - webinar recording 


Funders' Collaborative Hub

We are developing the Funders' Collaborative Hub, an initiative to enable increased understanding, closer alignment, and opportunities for foundation collaboration in the post-emergency phase of Covid-19. It aims to enhance the effectiveness and impact of individual and collective responses by foundations to Covid-19, focusing beyond the immediate emergency on recovery and renewal over the next 12-18 months, in order to maximise the potential of their resources to benefit civil society organisations and the communities they serve.

You can find all the latest information about the Hub here.

Other Civil Society Resources

Supporting civil society

Working differently

  • NCVO has made all resources on Knowhow Nonprofit free to access. Here you can find support with things like building a digital workforce and creating new HR policies.
  • Cranfield Trust is offering free remote business support for charities.
  • Digital Candle has free and advice and resources for charities adapting to working digitally.
  • Acas has lots of information about how to work from home.
  • Working Families also has information on working from home.
  • This article highlights some considerations for how to handle the year end, which for many charities is 31 March.
  • For foundations that raise funds from the public, the Institute of Fundraising is helping charities think through the challenges posed.
  • The National Cyber Security Centre also has guidance on staying safe online when working from home.
  • This blog from Dafne has some ideas for working from home.

#NeverMoreNeeded Campaign

Add your support to the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign

Foundations have stepped up and supported organisations affected by downturn in fundraised and traded income but still facing the same if not bigger calls on them to help. But the scale of losses faced by many charities and voluntary organisations is of a scale that foundations cannot meet alone. ACF has been working with partner organisations to call on government to help those charities affected.

As the furlough scheme and other forms of assistance available to all employers end, ACF is continuing to support the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign. If you would like to find out more about the campaign, or to add your support, you can download the campaign pack here

Page last updated 21 September 2020

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