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Grant-giving in a time of COVID

By |2021-04-06T14:21:19+00:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

In view of the COVID-19 crisis and its wider impact on the economy and the charity sector, in late March 2020 we contacted many of the organisations which we have funded over the past two years to see how they had been impacted and how they were coping with the lock-down.  We developed a four-pronged approach: [...]

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The First Seven Years – Part 3

By |2015-06-03T11:18:00+00:00June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As part of our review of our first seven years, we have looked at recent research on how to help life outcomes for young people from poorer homes. We have mapped our grants against the latest recommendations, showing that the money we have given has gone to the right kinds of projects. We now turn to [...]

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The first seven years – part 2

By |2015-04-14T09:23:11+00:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

In our previous blog, we highlighted several findings from the research undertaken in recent years: Self confidence matters and our young people seem to be lacking the self-esteem which generates self confidence. We should expect more of all our young people and make them believe that they can achieve more at school and in life. Middle [...]

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Our first seven years – taking stock

By |2018-05-11T12:42:32+00:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Progress Foundation has now been in existence for 7 years and we have given or committed grants of nearly £1 million. This seems like a good time to reflect on whether we have achieved what we set out to do – help young people reconnect with society. We have been working on some metrics which [...]

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The Winch – a case study in success

By |2015-03-05T20:46:09+00:00January 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

      Nearly four years ago, two PF trustees sat down with Paul Perkins, the articulate and thoughtful chief executive of the Winch, an inspirational youth centre in Swiss Cottage, Camden. There was no agenda – we were simply exploring whether there were any areas Paul was thinking about which might be of interest to [...]

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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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Payment by results – let’s make it better

By |2015-03-05T20:46:23+00:00December 1st, 2012|Categories: Payment by results|Tags: , |

Over the past two years, the current government has revolutionised the relationship of central government with the charity sector. Charities which had become used to receiving core funding from the Office for Civil Society found this funding terminated with very little time to build up alternative ways of raising money.  Those organisations which were fleeter of [...]

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