Helping funders achieve more together

The Hub catalyses collaboration by funders and helps them work towards stronger practice, so that they can collectively rise to the challenges of our times.

Who is the Hub for?

The Hub can be used by all funders (including trusts and foundations, government grant-makers, businesses and individual donors), as well as those who provide infrastructure that supports funder collaboration.

Our standard service is FREE to use and includes:

  • Sharing funder collaboration opportunities, events and resources via our website and free newsletter
  • A free consultation meeting to discuss your collaboration plans, aims or ideas
  • Access to funder collaboration tools and resources

New in 2024! We now offer an enhanced service for collaboration leaders, including:

  • More ways to highlight your collaboration opportunity, event or resource to relevant funders
  • Personalised introductions to your peers or signposting to relevant resources  
  • Advice and guidance from our team when you need it, at any stage of your collaboration

These additional options are available free to ACF members or for a one-off cost of £650 + VAT to non-members. More details.

In my role, I am constantly inspired by how much more funders are able to achieve when we work together. I got involved with the Hub because I wanted to contribute to making funder collaboration more accessible, inclusive and effective.

A portrait photo of Paul Lenz
Anna de Pulford
Director, The Dulverton Trust
Funders Collaborative Hub Strategy Group member

Why collaborate?

Funders are able to be more effective when they are aware of their role in the wider ecosystem and think collaboratively to increase their impact and learning.

Collaboration between funders ranges from informal information-sharing to pooled funding.

The benefits can include avoiding duplication, aligning processes to work more efficiently, or joining forces to tackle systemic issues.

About ACF

The Funders Collaborative Hub is hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), the leading membership association for foundations and independent grant-makers in the UK.

ACF’s vision is diverse, vibrant and effective foundations, working together for social good. Our purpose is to strengthen trusts and foundations so they can rise to the challenges of our times.

The Hub contributes to delivering ACF’s strategy by strengthening connections across and beyond the foundation sector, and by supporting foundations to aspire to and achieve excellent practice.

Meet the team

Jim Cooke

Head of practice, 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

Nick Stanhope

Founder, Shift

Aleema Shivji

Chief impact officer, Oxfam GB

Elaine Wilson

Head of learning & development, Corra Foundation

Cassie Robinson

Working with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Earth Percent,  Philea & others

Catherine Seymour

Director of policy, practice and research, ACF