Sharing collaboration opportunities
The top priority that emerged from our research and design work was to build an easily searchable source of up-to-date collaboration opportunities. This is now central to what the Hub offers - funders can explore more than 60 opportunities - and new ones will be added each week.
These opportunities include existing collaborations that are open to new funders joining or have learning and resources available to share. The Hub also features emerging opportunities from funders who want to share their ideas and intentions, and connect with others to explore questions and develop new approaches together. Much of this information is being shared publicly for the first time.
You can filter opportunities by geography, issue or type, so it’s quick and easy to see what’s happening in your areas of interest. And if you’re involved in a collaboration that isn’t featured yet - or if you’d like to start something new - use the ‘Share what you’re working on’ form to tell us about it.
Inspiration and tools
Although access to shared information is central to the Hub, we’re not really a ‘big data’ project. We know that collaboration depends more than anything on relationships. That’s why, whenever a funder shares a new collaboration opportunity with us, we’ll always follow up with an offer of a one-to-one conversation to make sure we really understand what you’re trying to achieve and can help you make best use of the Hub to find the collaborators you need.
The human side of funder collaboration also inspired the Hub’s new look. I hope you’ll agree that our new website is a much more vibrant showcase for all the great work funders are doing together.
A wide range of grant-makers have agreed to share their collaboration experiences with us. From the Participatory Grantmaking Community developing their practice together, to the transformative role played by the Wales Funders’ Forum during Covid-19, read their stories in our case studies section.
We’ve also updated our Funder Collaboration Toolkit, which brings together practical tips, templates and resources for each of the typical stages funders will go through when working together, from laying the foundations to stewarding the collaboration.
I'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who has contributed to creating the Funders Collaborative Hub: the Strategy Group who advised on its early development; the funders who took part in our user research and testing; the Hub team (including colleagues from ACF, Shift and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation); our Project Group and our supporters (you can see who these are here).
Stay up-to-date with all the latest funder collaboration opportunities, by signing up to our newsletter and following @funderhub on Twitter. Whatever your mission, and whether you have some collaboration experience or are just getting started, we aim to provide inspiration, information and tools to help you.
Explore the Hub
Explore the Hub today 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.