Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.


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International Philanthropist Dr Mo Ibrahim visits Scotland to attend Foundation Scotland Events

05 September 2013

On the evening of Wednesday 4th September, philanthropists and charities from across Scotland will gather at Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh to hear a key note address from the International Philanthropist Dr Mo Ibrahim.

The Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire accepted an invitation by Foundation Scotland earlier this year to visit Scotland and his presentation will round off a series of events in his honour organised by the Foundation.

Dr Ibrahim’s philanthropic work on leadership and governance in African countries has provided some rare insights into the impacts on short term and long term on investment and growth. Dr Ibrahim will talk about the work of his Foundation and tackle the issue of ‘Why governance matters’ addressing issues such as leadership deficit and underdevelopment, the rise of the Civil Society, youth and culture and the investment climate in Africa.

Earlier in the day, he will attend a lunch with Foundation Scotland clients and high profile philanthropists from the UK hosted by Foundation Scotland Patron, Lord Smith of Kelvin.

This will be followed in the afternoon with a roundtable co hosted by Scottish Financial Enterprise for professional investors and advisers to discuss leadership and governance in Africa and consider the implications for investors. This opportunity has attracted wide interest from institutional investors, professional advisers and risk managers with an interest in African and issues of governance in emerging markets.

Foundation Scotland Chief Executive, Giles Ruck adds, “One of the key roles for FS is to provide opportunities for our clients and Scottish philanthropists to come together to share their experiences as we strive to make a positive difference here in Scotland and across the world. We are delighted that Dr Ibrahim accepted our invitation to visit Scotland and share his journey and provide some insight on his work on leadership and governance and the impact this has had on his philanthropic work.”


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