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Changes in grant-making practice following Covid-19 – Free Webinar

September 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Wednesday 9 September 2020 | 10.00-11.30

Many of the large grant-making trusts in the UK have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by being more flexible and responsive. Many have been open to offering core funding for the first time and application processes have become simpler and quicker.

Are these changes here to stay?

Will funders’ experience during this crisis change their practices going forward?

Will we see more positive changes? Will it help move us towards more of a trust-based model?

We will be discussing the latest trends in grant-making with three guests who have unique insights into the practice of UK trusts and grantmakers.

We will be joined by Ben Cairns, director and co-founder of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), where he has supervised over 250 research and evaluation projects. IVAR works with funders and charities to identify problems, analyse them and reach conclusions that can progress learning and achieve change on all sides. They have released reports on core funding, collaboration, principles for grant reporting, place-based funding, learning from emergency responses and more. IVAR has developed a distinctive position as an independent ‘critical friend’ to strengthen the accountability, learning and grant-making practice of foundations.

Emma Beeston advises foundations, grant-givers, companies and families on creating and implementing giving strategies. She facilitates strategy and training sessions, co-created the Advising Donors module for the University of Kent’s Masters in Philanthropic Giving, lectures on CASS Business School’s Charity Masters Programme and delivers training for the Association of Charitable Foundation’s Professional Development programme. Emma is co-founder of Bath Women’s Fund and has advised numerous foundations including Bupa UK Foundation, Oak Foundation, Mercers’ Company, and AIM Foundation.

Ciorsdan Brown is Head of Charitable Partnerships and Strategy at The Goldsmiths’ Company, where she has worked for the last eight years. Ciorsdan has a Masters in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment from Cass Business School and co-founded the Grant Givers’ Movement. The GGM seeks to challenge the status-quo on issues such as where endowments are invested, where power lies, systems change and the role of philanthropy in tackling some of society’s most pressing problems.

Event Details

Introduction from Alex Blake

Sharing insights from: 

Ben Cairns, Director and co-founder, Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)

Emma Beeston, Philanthropy Advisor

Ciorsdan Brown, Head of Charitable Partnerships & Strategy, The Goldsmiths’ Company

Questions and answers


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September 9, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am


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