What is the Funders’ Collaborative Hub?
The ‘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.
Purpose: 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 Policy@acf.org.uk.
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 Policy@acf.org.uk to get in touch and follow the Hub on Twitter @FunderHub
25 March 9:30am - 11.00am
Funders and Coronavirus Recovery: Share what's on your mind
Join the Funders’ Collaborative Hub together with fellow funders from across the UK in sharing ideas, challenges and emerging opportunities relating to funding Coronavirus recovery. Find out more
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
- 'The Funders’ Collaborative Hub – a new venture' - blog by Rob Abercrombie, the Hub's interim project lead, November 2020
- 'The Funders' Collaborative Hub: From development to delivery', October 2020
- 'Enabling collaboration between funders in response to the Covid-19 pandemic', May 2020
- 'Why do we need a collaborative hub for funders focused on COVID-19?' - A blog from Paul Streets, CEO of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, May 2020
- 'The Funders' Collaborative Hub: A big step forward' - Blog from ACF's CEO, Carol Mack, June 2020
- 'Designing a more collaborative and connected funding ecosystem' - blog by Cassie Robinson, National Lottery Community Fund, August 2020
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.
Page last updated 16 March 2021