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Guest blog from Connection at St Martin

By |2014-09-26T06:05:53+00:00July 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the first recipients of our grant programme was Connection at St Martin, a charity which works with homeless people in Central London.  As our three year grant cycle to them has just come to an end, we asked them to summarise the impact of our grant in a guest blog.  Pip Hobby writes as [...]

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Learning from failure

By |2015-03-05T20:46:15+00:00April 29th, 2013|Categories: Enterprise, Measuring outcomes|Tags: , , |

Venturesome, the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation, has recently posted a blog about failure - why it is important to recognise that it happens and to learn from it. We entirely endorse Venturesome's position on failure.  We set out to help people try new things.  In some cases these trials, accompanied by some [...]

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What makes for a successful application

By |2015-03-05T20:46:18+00:00February 4th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We receive many applications, some of which are very well put together and which make us want to learn more.  Others are much less likely to attract a positive response so here are some pointers:   Do look at our funding criteria.  These are clearly set out on this website and charities which have not looked [...]

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Supporting enterprise – we make our first loan

By |2015-03-05T20:46:28+00:00January 19th, 2013|Categories: Enterprise|Tags: , , , , , |

The death of Aaron Swartz on 11 January 2013 has raised public awareness of the issue of access to academic publishing.  Swartz, the internet entrepreneur behind Reddit, followed the Gates/Zuckerberg path of dropping out of a prestige university to found an internet company which then made him millions. After selling Reddit, Swartz started campaigning for freedom [...]

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