Sarah Vibert NCVO Yorkshire Funders Jan 2024
Pro Bono Economics Yorkshire Funders 18 Jan 24
Nicky Ruddick, FAWN (Funding Advice Workers Network) Chair also shared the three top issues currently facing Yorkshire’s voluntary & community sector:
- Local authority cuts (and in some cases total removal of funds with immediate effect) to infrastructure support organisations such as CVS’s and volunteer centres, but this does vary greatly for each district. It is the small grassroots organisations that will suffer the impact of the loss of infrastructure support most significantly.
- Many frontline charities and groups are really struggling to recruit enough volunteers (including trustees) to meet growing demand for services. Funders should be aware that some organisations will need more funding to replace volunteers with paid staff members.
- Setting up charity/community bank accounts continues to be a very slow and painful process for many working on the frontline. Funders should consider being flexible and if an applicant asks if a potential grant could be held by a sister organisation or partner until their own bank account is set up, a ‘Yes’ answer will be so helpful for them.
It’s more important than ever that funders are capturing and logging their grant making in an organised and systematic way. Many Yorkshire trusts and foundations will only log their grant-making for internal use, but we are all being encouraged to be more open with our data and log it in a way which could potentially be shared externally. This could be for research such as the Yorkshire & Humber Funding Ecology project, to add to the 360Giving portal, or as the Covid-19 crisis continues and moves into subsequent stages, it will be incredibly useful to map who is giving where, to what and how much.
Below are the column headers which 360Giving suggests for a simple trust or foundation grant database. We hope you will find these useful if you are looking to update or develop your data capturing. And if you do want to consider making your data available on 360Giving visit https://www.threesixtygiving.org/support/standard/ and they will provide free support to help you get your database set up.
Publishing your grants data in the 360Giving Data Standard will:
• help your organisation understand itself better
• sends a positive message to your grantees and fellow funders
• means you are doing your bit to help make grant-making in the UK more informed, effective and strategic
• saves time and money for the sector
• gives us a fuller picture of grant-making in the UK
• helps bring better outcomes for recipients
Database column headings
Charity post code (ideally the local post code or where the work is being carried out locally)
Other regional descriptor for mapping (eg. City of Leeds District)
Description of grant (for ease combine Category and Funding type)
Charity category (e.g. Disability support & activities, Older people’s welfare, Covid-19)
Funding Type (e.g. Core, capital, core & capital, unrestricted)