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.

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

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

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