Following United St Saviour’s central role in setting up the Borough Market Traders Fund, a new report from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) explores funder responses to three different emergencies in Summer 2017 (the Manchester Arena bomb, London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire). Funders dispensed with ‘business as usual’ in order to provide urgent support to community organisations and services.

The IVAR report looks at what the funders did differently; what can be learned about responding effectively in an emergency; and what opportunities there may be for day-to-day grant-making practices. The collaborative programmes they looked at demonstrate that it is possible for funders to step outside their normal way of working. Drawing on their experience, IVAR have proposed four areas where there is real potential to bring greater urgency, responsible lightness of touch and more open relationships into funders’ everyday work.

Click here for the IVAR report.

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