Research & Advocacy
We conduct research in areas of gross under-investment to support funders to increase their knowledge and their giving in under-served areas. Our reports feature practical recommendations, and we provide follow-up support to senior leaders and trustees to implement the changes that are needed.
Climate Change & Social Change: how funders can act on both
The independence and financial freedom that foundations have presents an incredible opportunity for our sector to take a leadership role in tackling the climate crisis. The environmental emergency poses a threat to the communities we exist to serve – but addressing it can provide many co-benefits that will not only protect against future harm, but also improve lives in the here and now.
Throughout this report, you will hear stories of the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable. You will also hear from a number of Foundation CEOs on how and why they are responding to the climate emergency, as well as the linkages they see with their core work. This report is a must-read for any funder that wants to do more to address the climate emergency and wants to know where to start. It features practical ideas for how to use your grant giving, investments and convening power to address climate change today, even if it’s not your organisation’s core purpose.
If you’re a foundation looking to start or develop your journey on addressing climate change and would like to discuss your options, or if you have comments or queries about the report, we’d love to hear from you! Please send us a message using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Missed Expertise: mapping experiences of first time trustees
Our research has shown that there is emerging good practice when it comes to diversifying chairs and trustees of boards. There is a rich mixture of quick wins and more long-term strategic changes that Trusts and foundations – and charities, more broadly – can make. In doing so, they can attract, retain and get the most from a wide range of people who would never previously have found themselves at board tables. New trustees from diverse backgrounds bring with them a wide variety of skills, knowledge and expertise that is often missed on boards. Much of this missed expertise stems from lived experiences of, and proximity to, the issues that a grant-giving organisation focuses on, and subsequently positions such individuals as having deep understandings into the realities of communities. The ability for trusts and foundation to really understand and relate to the communities that they exist to serve is often missing at board level. This is because the sector traditionally values working cultures and hiring practices that prioritise people from senior, highly professionalised, backgrounds.
This report focuses equally on both support that first-time trustees from diverse backgrounds often require, alongside changes that trusts, foundations and charities need to make in order to develop culturally more inclusive board environments. The report also seeks to shed light on the important role of chairs on boards, viewing them as fundamental to creating more inclusive board environments or in sustaining a culture that does not benefit first-time trustees from diverse backgrounds.