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The first introductory blog last month, from Access’ Director of Learning, explored some of the recent changes we’d witnessed to the learning function within funders and foundations over the Covid-19 crisis period. The blog explored which of these changes might be beneficial to endure into the “new normal”, to shake-up the current approach to learning […]
This week we have opened an expression of interest (EOI) process for fund managers to access grant for blending with repayable capital to offer emergency support to charities and social enterprises in England. This is part of the £30m committed to Access from dormant account money which was announced last month. We plan to deploy […]
This blog post has been written by the Ti Group, Access’s learning partner. It is based on interviews with 12 witnesses who were or are directly involved in the process as well as a review of all of the internal documentation as well as what is public. Where an opinion is expressed, this is the […]
The role of learning, data and insight has been changing for foundations, funders and social investors. Where we’d previously typically see the need for a demonstration of outcomes and impact data or rigorous due diligence reporting prior to money flowing, we’re instead seeing an emergency response where funders are doing what they can to support […]
Last month we set out the principles to which Access would be working in shaping our response to the crisis. These included listening first to the experiences and changing needs of our partners. They also included seeking to continue to fill gaps in the social investment ecosystem where they exist, which has been our role […]
I wrote last week about how we were approaching our response to the crisis and outlined a set of principles which are underpinning our approach. Across our programmes we continue to be led by the needs of our partners and we seek to respond to how the crisis is impacting on their work. As a […]
We know that the impact of the Coronavirus crisis is being felt in every corner of the charity and social enterprise sector. From organisations who are working directly with vulnerable individuals in their communities who are either already unwell or at risk, and having to do so while transforming their working practices; to those who […]