3 July YFF news update

Recent news includes:

  • Danny Kruger MP has been tasked by Boris Johnson with putting forward proposals to ‘maximise’ the role of voluntary sector groups in the next phase of COVID-19 recovery. Civil Society has the full story here.
  • The Third Sector Trends in Yorkshire & Humber 2020 report was recently released and is a long-term study of the voluntary and community sector which began in our region in 2010. It provides a unique resource of evidence for Yorkshire and Humber which is widely used by policy makers and practitioners. The research was carried out by Durham University and is supported by Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Garfield Weston, Power to Change and IPPR North.
  • At the end of June, ACF brought together 200 foundation representatives to discuss foundations’ response to racial disparity, particularly in the context of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. A panel of experts shared views on foundations’ responses to date, and what they’d like to see happen next, as well as setting out a range of practical way to make urgent changes to funding practices. The webinar recording can be viewed here. ACF’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion report is really useful if you and your organisation are looking for practical resources and support to help you in pursuit of being part of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive foundation sector.
  • IVAR’s seventh Covid-19 briefing paper Time for flexibility shares the experiences of 34 leaders participating in the sessions between 4th June and 15th June, and IVAR’s reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise. Three issues remain at the forefront of VCSE leaders’ minds:
    • Mid to long-term funding prospects.
    • Balancing the immediate needs of staff and beneficiaries with the long-term future of their organisations.
    • Thinking flexibly.
  • London Funders has written a number of thought provoking blogs in the last couple of weeks relating to learnings from Covid-19 and the way forward for funders and those we support.

And finally, The North Yorkshire Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Resilience Survey conducted by Community First Yorkshire reveals that many charities and voluntary groups in North Yorkshire are uncertain about their future, yet community spirit continues to shine through. The survey provides an understanding of the impact of coronavirus on the sector.  National and local grant funders investing in North Yorkshire are invited to a Zoom meeting on Thursday 16th July from 2.30-4.30pm to discuss the findings.  To register click here and for further information email Caroline.ONeill@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk