A series of events that will challenge our most cherished fundraising ideas
In June 2020, we launched a series of online lectures that will change your thinking about some of our beautiful fundraising theories. In each presentation the facts will be lined up before the established wisdom. If our theories lose, we will explore new thinking based upon the evidence.
Keep Calm and Carry On…..
Bill Bruty has recently reviewed a range of research papers from the US and UK which look at how Foundations are likely to react to the current economic and financial turbulence. This blog draws upon the lessons from 2004 to 2018. You can download this article, Keep Calm and Carry On, here
Session One: Arguing with the Wind
On 4th June 2020, we launched our first event, an online lecture called Arguing with the Wind. It looked at how foundations reacted to the financial crisis in 2008-9 to make predictions about the current situation. The report also analysed how often a study group of 100 foundations increased their giving from 2004 to 2018. Our analysis was based upon an analysis of audited accounts. The second session, Fine Margins, will look at this data in more depth in order to investigate the ways grantholders secure increased funding.
You can download the report for Arguing with the Wind here
Session Two: Fine Margins. Is it stewardship or luck that leads to increased funding?
In this second session of the Brutal Facts series, we will be pouring over 1461 data entries for annual grantmaking by 100 UK trusts from 2004 to 2019. From analysing the patterns within the £5 billion+ of grants, we hope to answer the following questions:
- How often do Trusts go on spending sprees?
- What types of Trusts are more more likely to dramatically change their giving?
- How can we anticipate these opportunities and be prepared for them?
- Which types of organisation tend to get these increased grants?
- If they increase their giving to you, what next?
The second session in this Brutal Facts series took place as another interactive lecture from 4-5.30pm on Tuesday 17th November 2020
The online lecture and discussion cost £45. We will be releasing a recording and the full report by 4th December 2020