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Funders’ Collaborative Hub: Initial events programme and pilot web platform go live

The Funders’ Collaborative 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.

Following a period of development involving a diverse range of funders, philanthropists and civil society organisations, the Funders’ Collaborative Hub is now live, with an initial programme of events and a pilot web platform launching today.

The Hub’s interim project lead, Rob Abercrombie, has written a blog to mark the launch of the platform: The Funders’ Collaborative Hub – a new venture.

The new platform provides:

  • News: Information and updates about funder collaborations across the UK.
  • Connections: Opportunities to connect with other funders, share ideas and develop networks to support collaboration.
  • Resources: Data, tools and resources to support collaborative efforts.
  • Events: An initial programme of learning events, webinars and forums organised by the Hub and partners.

An initial group of funder collaborations are featured on the platform, and over the next few weeks the Hub will build on this to develop a directory of collaborative funder activity. Please email Policy@acf.org.uk if you would like us to feature information about a collaboration or add resources.

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 Policy@acf.org.uk.

 

Notes: Who is involved in running the Hub and what are its main aims?

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) hosts a small staff team that delivers day to day work, with support from a project group comprised of funder representatives that has met weekly since May 2020 (a list of members of this group is here). A Strategy Group helps guide the Hub's direction of travel, and is 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).

The Hub aims to help funders and philanthropists answer four key questions:

  • What funder 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?

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