The Grant Givers’ Movement is a non-hierarchical gathering of those working in the grant giving sector. It’s a space for those who feel passionate about making positive change in and through the sector, to do so with collective power behind them.
The movement is an opportunity for people working in grant giving to collaborate. Together, we seek 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. Ultimately, it’s about joining up and improving grant-making from within.
We started the Grant Givers’ Movement because we truly believe in the power of foundations to make positive changes in the world. However, we know that many are not as effective as they could be and they are impeded from making those positive changes because of a number of inherent problems, which we seek to challenge. We know that there are many, many foundation staff who care passionately about the work that they do, the organisations they support, the incredible people they meet leading change in their communities and particularly the causes they champion.
However, because of the hierarchical structure of foundations and the often solitary nature of the roles we have, grantmakers, grants officers, assistants and manager’s voices are seldom heard. We sometimes speak to each other about the challenges we face, and find solace in others; but we rarely go further. Our membership is anonymous by default, allowing provocative and dissenting voices to come forwards in a supportive and engaging space. The Grant Givers’ Movement is a space to highlight issues, build collective power to disrupt current bad practice, and catalyze real change for the better.
The Grant Givers’ Movement is more than 300 members strong.
Our activities are as follows:
- Conversation: We exist to connect grant makers and to facilitate meaningful discussion around the challenges in our sector. To become part of the conversation or join our next meeting connect with us on social media or join our mailing list.
- Research: We conduct research, through the design and distribution of ‘sector pulse surveys’, followed by focus groups and interviews, to explore the key issues affecting our sector. Thus far, we have explored Diversity, Inclusion and Isomorphism & Power & Trust in grant making. In 2021, we are now starting to explore Ethics in Philanthropy. We publish the findings of our research, share it widely and campaign for collective action.
- Collaboration: We meet regularly with umbrella organisations, regulatory bodies, influential grant makers and agenda-setting organisations to share the findings of our research and put pressure on our sector to change for the better. We have been given a seat at the table by our allies to raise our collective voice and fuel the dialogue.