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Rebalancing the power

In this event we explore the power dynamic between charities and funders.
When Sep 15, 2016
from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where The Bulldog Trust, 2 Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD
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Contact Phone 020 7620 4862
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‘Box-ticking’, ‘jumping through hoops’, ‘having to reinvent the wheel’—charities often feel they are at the mercy of funders’ priorities, whether philanthropists, independent trusts and foundations, or public sector commissioners. And in their effort to appeal to funders, some move away from their mission and from their focus on beneficiaries. Perhaps there is a different way.

What if grantees got together to develop shared agendas, strategies and programmes, and presented them jointly to funders? What if donors engaged differently with their grantees and allowed feedback to shape their strategy? What would be the impact of incorporating beneficiary voices in the process?

This event, in partnership with The Bulldog Trust, will draw on examples of collaboration to explore whether charities should, and can, do more to put themselves in the driving seat in relationships with funders.

The event will ask:

  • Are funders prepared to share power? Are charities able to step up to the challenge?
  • What determines the nature of the donor-recipient dynamic? Do we need to challenge it? Why, and how can we do so?
  • What role is there for beneficiaries?
  • Can the donor-grantee power dynamic ever truly be overcome?

The event will be chaired by Mary Rose Gunn, Chief Executive, The Bulldog Trust, and delegates will hear from speakers including:

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