• Trusts and foundations can use their resources in several ways ‘beyond grant-making’
  • Trusts can pursue an ethical or socially responsible investment policy. What a trust or foundation does, therefore, with its capital asset is not necessarily divorced from its charitable purpose – it can use those resources to further that purpose. Programme related investment RI has always been an option for most trusts and foundations in the UK but few practice it.
  • Intellectual assets are also an under-exploited resource. More could be shared and documented.
  • The way funders fund can actually undermine the organisations that the grants are intended to support when they are short-term, don’t cover full costs, etc.
  • Applicants have to complete several completely different forms for different funders which is wasteful for everyone.
  • Only a handful of UK trusts and foundations set out explicitly to support organisations for a period any longer than three years even though the benefits of long term funding are mutual.
  • Most trusts and foundations assert that they are keen to support pilot projects or innovative work – but many of them struggle subsequently to ensure that the lessons learnt are applied elsewhere and, if the project is a success, to work out how they can help replicate it.

Source: http://new.davidcarrington.net/