Practice publications

Investment: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice

This is the fifth report emerging from ACF’s Stronger Foundations initiative. It sets out seven characteristics of excellent practice, which include prioritising mission when setting investment objectives, holding investment managers to account, and seeking to influence the investment behaviour of others.

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Transparency and Engagement: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice

This is the fourth report emerging from ACF's Stronger Foundations initiative. It sets out five pillars of stronger practice in transparency and engagement.

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Strategy and Governance: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice

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Impact and Learning: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice

This report sets out seven pillars of excellent foundation practice in relation to impact and learning. It is the second report emerging from the Stronger Foundations Initiative, ACF's flagship project which aims to identify and help foundations pursue excellent practice.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice

This report sets out seven pillars of excellent foundation practice in relation to impact and learning. It is the second report emerging from the Stronger Foundations Initiative, ACF's flagship project which aims to identify and help foundations pursue excellent practice.

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Good Practice Guide for Corporate Foundations

A guide for those interested in the establishment and ongoing effectiveness of corporate foundations.

Tackling Grant Fraud

A guide to help foundations deter and detect fraud.

Safeguarding for foundations: Thinking through your approach

ACF has produced a framework to help foundations think through their approach to safeguarding, based on extensive engagement with members.

Promoting our priorities and how to apply

Here we look at how to promote our foundation’s programmes and priorities to potential applicants in order to encourage suitable applications – and to discourage unsuitable ones.

Firm Foundations: Setting your grant-making strategy

Here we look at how to create a grant-making strategy that is right for the particular circumstances of your foundation.

Developing decision making processes and tools

Here we look at the different approaches to managing our application and decision making processes.

Assessing and selecting the work we support

Here we look at making a good assessment and using it to support grant decisions which are consistent and well informed.

Guidance for grant-making charities on SORPs 2015

This guidance highlights changes in the new charities SORP that are likely to be of specific interest to grant making foundations.

Funders’ Principles and Drivers of Good Impact Practice

This framework is designed to encourage good impact practice and to offer practical and useful guidance for funders.

Spending Out - Making it Happen

This guide focusses on the practicalities of spending out and is targeted at foundations which have decided this is the path for them.

Good Practice for Corporate Foundations

This Guide is written to assist both those already funding or operating a corporate foundation and those considering doing so.

Spending Out: learning lessons from time-limited grant-making

This booklet provides guidance for trustees of charitable foundations which draws in particular on the experiences of foundations with a limited life span.

Tackling External Grant Fraud

An introductory paper which outlines the important role which trustees play in developing an anti-fraud culture within a grant-making trust.

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