How We Work

Overview

The UK Branch benefits from the endowment our Founder left and receives an annual grant from the Foundation. About a quarter of this covers the cost of staff essential to our way of working with the majority of our funds deployed in grants to organisations we work with to help meet our key priorities.

We tend to focus on early stage funding because of our relatively limited resources and therefore cannot provide large-scale or continuous support. The majority of support is determined proactively on the basis of the research we undertake.

 

Our hallmarks

What to expect from us at the UK Branch:

We seek an impact greater than our limited resources might suggest

  • We believe in balancing the long view with early signs of progress that inspire confidence in the context of uncertainty.
  • This means looking over the horizon and helping each other to make the best use of resources.

The big picture is important to us

  • We recognise that we all play different roles in a complex ecosystem. 
  • This means understanding where best we’re placed to act and joining the dots.

We can achieve more together

  • We believe that collaboration depends on trusting, sharing relationships.
  • This means being open to difference, having the right conversations, learning and developing together.

We are curious and enabling of others

  • We believe evidence is important and the solutions are out there.
  • This means being creative, flexible and responsive to the outside world as well as investing in our own development.

 

Working together in partnership

We are interested in working with organisations to identify needs and develop projects which address them. We often play a role in the development of new initiatives. For example, we convened the organisations that form the Making Every Adult Matter coalition and the organisations that developed the Campaign to End Loneliness.

Most of our support is proactive – we identify the organisations that we want to work with through research, engagement in a wide range of networks and open consultations. We sometimes issue ‘calls’ for applications.

We are very interested in working collaboratively with other funders to support projects that help us meet our priorities.

By recognising that our partners are the experts in the areas in which we provide support, we seek to add value beyond the funding that we provide by for example, convening organisations to share learning, by brokering relationships and by providing strategic advice to individual projects.

Please see How we work – a briefing for partners for more information.

 

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