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Contribute to creating open and honest funding

  • Date published: 06/05/22

IVAR would like your views on how they can improve your funding experience.

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) called on funders to adopt simpler, more flexible practices that make life easier for those they fund, in light of the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19. Their ambition is to see these commitments extend beyond the crisis: to become standard practice in the sector.

We signed up to all eight commitments, along with over 100 others, and joined a community with other funders and charities to improve practice together. The eight commitments are: 

What can you do?

To help identify the things that matter most to charities in relation to funder practice, and to inform how funders reflect on and update their commitments, we are sharing IVAR's Funding Experience Survey.

 This survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete – and your view WILL have a direct influence because:

  • These grantmakers have committed to using the results of this survey to improve what they do
  • You can be part of our work on holding them to account for this promise 
  • Your replies are completely anonymous, so you can give honest feedback without any worries 
  • We will publish the results and work with all our networks to persuade them to take your feedback on board
  • We will send you the results of the survey, so you know what the sector thinks (if you choose to share your contact details with us)

To see who else signed up and read more about these eight commitments you can look at IVAR’s website.  You can join the conversation on Twitter using #FlexibleFunders. To find out more about funding opportunities through Foundation Scotland, visit our Apply For Funding page.