On this page you will find the latest information relating to Covid-19 as it affects foundations
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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.
- Reflections on three Covid-19 funder collaborations in Scotland
- “Covid-19 and racial disparity: A time for urgent action” - reflections from Derek Bardowell
- Foundations, Covid-19 and racial disparity: A time for urgent action
- Enabling collaboration between funders in response to the covid-19 pandemic
- Covid-19: Results of ACF's survey on foundations' responses
- Covid-19: Foundations must play our part
- Five key ways foundations are responding to the Covid-19 outbreak
- The crisis in charities, and the response (including early results from a survey of ACF members)
- Responding to the coronavirus crisis: Lessons from ACF's Stronger Foundations initiative (published in Alliance)
- Stronger Foundations? The response to the Covid-19 crisis
- Foundations and coronavirus: three considerations
Foundations and Covid-19: March 2020 (members click here to view)
Foundations, Covid-19 and racial disparity: A time for urgent action - webinar recording
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.
Supporting civil society
- More than 400 funders have signed Covid-19 Funder Statement and commitment to supporting civil society (open to funders everywhere).
- 360Giving has developed the Covid tracker to monitor grants made in response. It is encouraging grant-makers to publish grants data with the word 'COVID19' so that they can be easily tracked.
- IVAR is publishing regular briefings for funders sharing thoughts and issues from voluntary sector leaders
- Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has published a summary of charities' responses to covid-19
- This blog explores how larger foundations might taken on seconded charity staff
- This Twitter thread includes some examples of what foundations have been doing to respond.
- NPC has produced a guide on how it thinks philanthropists should respond.
- This podcast from CAF discusses some of the issues facing civil society and the philanthropic response.
- 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.
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