Insights from our funding


Our approach

We set out to focus as much on learning from our funding as we do on allocating it. This approach is not about measuring the impact of our funding, but using evidence to learn from our own successes and failures, and to use that learning to make changes.

We are committed to sharing what we learn regularly through our Insight Reports.

Insights on core funding
Insights on core funding

Insights on core funding

This report is for funders who care not just about the impact of what they fund, but of how they fund.

It shares powerful feedback on the impact of core funding on outcomes and organisations, looks deeper at organisations we’ve core funded for ten years or longer, asks why we don’t give more unrestricted funding, is honest about the limits of core funding, and shares performance data on core and project grants.

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Insights from 10 years of social investment
Insights from 10 years of social investment

Insights from 10 years of social investment

Here we share learning and case studies with Fair for You, Prison Advice and Care Trust, Bristol Braille, and HCT Group.

We've invested £40m across the public, private, and social sectors and 45% of funds drawn have been recycled. Social Investment has helped create hundreds of new habitats for the Great Crested Newt, fund new theatre productions, and house 1,339 people at risk of homelessness.

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Insights from our Environment & Food funding
Insights from our Environment & Food funding

Insights from our Environment & Food funding

In this Insight Report, we are digging deeper and looking into specific sectors: Environment and Food. It is based on data from a total of 69 grants to food (29 grants) and environment organisations (42 grants).

In 2016-2017, we gave £5.7m in environment grants and £3.5m in food. We also made £4.5m worth of social investments in environment and food.

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