Published: 12th Feb 2019

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) says charitable foundations should take more risks with their grant-making practices in response to the circumstances and needs of small to medium voluntary organisations. In Duty to Care? How to ensure grant-making helps and doesn’t hinder, IVAR looks at examples of foundation practice from applications through to reporting, and propose actions and questions that other funders might consider. The report says voluntary organisations’ ability to adapt is hampered by precarious balance sheets and uncertainty about their future, adding that foundations’ resources allow them to view the long term with confidence, and by funding these organisations, foundations are taking on some of the key risks the sector faces, buying fragile organisations time to change and supporting new, untested ideas and ways of working. It adds that funders have a responsibility to carry out due diligence on the organisations they fund and account for the way … (To read the full article, subscribe below)