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Trends in grant-making practice following Covid-19 and other developments

February 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Thursday 4 February 2021 | 10.00-11.30

Many of the large grant-making trusts in the UK responded to the coronavirus pandemic 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.

In our September webinar, we asked if some of these changes would be here to stay and what the other big topics are for trusts and foundations in the UK. We were joined to discuss this by guest speakers, Ben Cairns, Emma Beeston and Ciorsdan Brown, with almost 200 fundraisers, charity leaders and grantmakers. You can access the recording here and some supporting resources here.

We now invite you to join us again, on 4 February 2021, to explore the latest developments in how funders help charities to recover from the impact of the pandemic, while also taking action in relation to other major issues for grantmakers.

Whether you work in trust fundraising, grantmaking or securing grants for the charity you run, this webinar will offer valuable insights and give you the chance to ask any questions you have on these issues. We will be joined by three guest speakers who have a wealth of experience in grantmaking and social change:

Dr Jan McKenley

Dr Jan McKenley has been a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation since 2016, sitting on the Migration and Youth Panels and the Foundation’s India Committee. Throughout a career in the public and private sectors, Jan has been involved in widening access and participation, raising aspirations and educational achievements.

As Director of Public Service at Heart, Jan supports organisations on Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Jan provides performance coaching for individual leaders in London and the South West and is Lead Facilitator for Stepping Up, a city-wide talent development programme in Bristol.

Ngozi Lyn Cole

Ngozi Lyn Cole spent 18 years at the National Lottery Community Fund holding several roles, including England Director until February 2017. In that role, she was responsible for all grant programmes, overseeing over 500 employees and an annual budget of £450m. Prior to this, she worked in community development, education, urban regeneration and housing. More recently she has worked with funders such as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Millfield House Foundation and Virgin Money Foundation.

A self-employed coach and management consultant, she is also co-founder of GLT Partners Ltd, a support agency for charities, social enterprises and businesses. Ngozi also holds non-executive posts including Deputy Chair of the Appointments Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council and the South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Sarah Ridley

Sarah Ridley has over 25 years’ experience leading grant-making foundations and front-line charities to deliver award-winning results in the UK, US and Asia. Sarah is currently Chief Grants officer at The London Marathon Charitable Trust which works to remove barriers to participation in physical activity. She has advised many large foundations and individual philanthropists; and has overseen the ‘spend out’ of a significant UK foundation.

Sarah is a Trustee of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (Europe), a nonprofit that partners with individuals, families and institutions to help make philanthropy more thoughtful and effective. She is also a Trustee of the international development charity, Carers Worldwide, the only organisation working exclusively and strategically with unpaid family carers in the global South.

Event Details

Introduction from Alex Blake

Sharing insights from: 

Jan McKenley

Ngozi Lyn Cole

Sarah Ridley

Questions and answers


Register for your place below. We will email you with the Zoom joining details before the event.


February 4, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am


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