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.

Guide: We have put together a list of resources and infromation to help foundations think about how best to support their staff, and what questions they should consider in addressing staff resilience and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

The Hub offers increased understanding, closer alignment, and opportunities for funder collaborations in response to Covid-19. It aims to enhance the effectiveness of individual and joint responses by funders and philanthropists to maximise the impact of their resources to benefit civil society and communities. It is hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundations, and involves a coalition of funders and civil society organisations from across the UK.

Through a regular programme of events, resources and a growing directory of funder collaborations responding to Covid-19, the Hub can help funders and philanthropists answer four key 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?
  • Where are the emerging needs and gaps?

In addition to the resources on this platform, the Hub actively brings together existing collaborations, funders and philanthropists with new ideas, and civil society organisations. You can find out more in the News and Events sections. 

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

Other Civil Society Resources

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, as well as a dashboard of interactive data to map places most affected by Covid.
  • This podcast from CAF discusses some of the issues facing civil society and the philanthropic response.
  • This report from Carnegie UK Trust considers how organisations and communities responded to the emergency phase of the pandemic.
  • Pro Bono Economics has regualrly surveyed the sector as the Covid crisis unfolds, monitoring the pressures faced by charities.
  • The Voluntary Sector Studies Network is collating research projects which focus on responses to, recovery from and impliations of the pandemic.
  • NICVA has a Covid-19 Hub with updates on key pandemic developments and the state of the sector in Northern Ireland.
  • SCVO is collating updates on its research and policy work around the imipact of Covid on the Scottish volutnary sector. 
  • WCVA has a page of updates, news and resources for Welsh third sector organisations.

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, as well as resources to support wellbeing.
  • 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 16 March 2021

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