Helping funders achieve more together

If you’re involved in giving grants to make the world a better place, the Hub is here to help you connect and collaborate.

Why collaborate?

Collaboration between funders includes everything from informal information-sharing to joint funding programmes.

Funders tell us that when they’re more aware of each other’s activities, they can make better decisions about how to use their resources. By sharing their past learning, current work and future plans, funders can help each other to find and play their best role.

Some of the benefits funders achieve through collaboration include:

  • Avoiding duplication and identifying gaps
  • Joining forces to tackle big, complex issues
  • Finding ways to work more efficiently
  • Creating spaces to engage equitably and inclusively with charities and others working on similar goals.

By acting as a pool, we can act much more strategically. It means that we can hopefully be more fair and just in the funding that we're giving. We don't simply give funds to really well-known organisations.

Another thing that we've learned is that we are much stronger together than we are separately. We can speak with a single voice. We can share our knowledge and experience.

A portrait photo of Paul Lenz
Paul Lenz
Trust Executive, Indigo Trust
Partner in Community Justice Fund

How can the Hub help you?

Whether you have some collaboration experience or are just getting started, we aim to provide inspiration, information and tools to help you.

Use the Hub to connect with other funders who are already collaborating on the topics that matter to you. See what’s going on right now or learn from work that funders have done before. Get involved, or get inspired to start something new.

Who is involved?

The Funders Collaborative Hub is hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and is available free to all funders.

It was originally launched as a pilot in 2020, in response to funders’ increased interest in collaborating during the Covid-19 pandemic. Informed by everything we learned from our work with funders in our first year, we are now supporting funders to collaborate in the longer term. Whatever your mission is as a funder, the Funders Collaborative Hub is here to help you connect with others so you can achieve more together.

Meet the team

Jim Cooke

Head of Hub

Joanna Pienkowska

Senior policy and engagement officer, ACF

The Funders Collaborative Hub was designed in partnership with

Strategy Group

The Hub’s Strategy Group meets monthly to provide guidance, support and feedback. Its Terms of Reference are here.

Anna de Pulford

Director, The Dulverton Trust

Duncan Shrubsole

Director of policy, communications & research, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales

Richard Hebditch

Director of external affairs, ACF

Sharon Shea

Director of portfolio, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Emma Ackerman

Funding Strategy Director, The National Lottery Community Fund

Nick Stanhope

Founder, Shift

Cassie Robinson

Emerging Futures at Joseph Rowntree Foundation and working with Earth Percent and European Foundation Centre