Progress update - May 2022

June 7, 2022


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Jim Cooke
Head of the Funders Collaborative Hub


Each month, we publish our progress towards the Funders Collaborative Hub’s three priorities for 2022:

  • Growing and developing our collaboration opportunities offer
  • Developing the Hub’s inspiration and influencing role
  • Integrating the Hub within the wider landscape and developing a sustainable model.

In May, we published our first two blogs looking at what we can learn from the data on more than 90 collaboration opportunities that have been shared on the Hub. We explored what issues funders are collaborating on and where they are collaborating.

Sharing this analysis highlighted the breadth of existing collaborations and emerging opportunities that are now available to connect with through the Hub. The interest generated by this is likely to have been the main driver for May’s significant increase in users exploring the Hub for themselves.  Our collaboration opportunity search page was visited more than 2,000 times by more than 300 users.

We are now moving on to focus on the next part of our analysis, looking at the intended benefits of funder collaboration.

I hope that this series of data explorations will just be a start. If we can bring together the Hub’s unique (and constantly growing) dataset with other sources of insight on funding and civil society, this could inform future funding collaborations in response to the gaps and opportunities it highlights.

Priority 1: Grow and develop our collaboration opportunities offer

Intended outcome: Funders are more connected, through using the Hub to share and engage with impactful collaboration opportunities


  • Increase the number of collaboration opportunities shared via the Hub (2022 target: 50 collaboration opportunities added)
  • Increase the number of funders actively using the Hub to search for opportunities 
  • Evidence of increased engagement between funders through using the Hub
  • Evidence of the contribution of funder collaboration towards increased overall impact

Our progress:

With 22 opportunities added to the Hub between January and May 2022, we are on track to meet our full-year target of 50.

The six collaboration opportunities added to the Hub in May included two emerging opportunities:

The other four are existing collaborations:

May saw significant growth in use of our search for collaboration opportunities page, reaching 2,154 views by 381 users.

This re-established the upward trend that had been briefly interrupted in April by the Easter holidays.

Graph of search page monthly users and views, January to May 2022, showing upward trend

May’s Top 10 most visited collaboration opportunities were:

Most used ‘Issue’ filter:

Most used ‘Location’ filter:

We have started gathering evidence relating to three main ways that the Hub contributes to increased engagement between funders:

  • Funders connect through the Hub to initiate new collaborations or shape work at an early stage
  • New funders engage with existing collaborations through the Hub
  • Existing collaborations share their learning more widely through the Hub.

We are also analysing how funders are aiming to increase their overall impact through collaboration.    

Priority 2: Develop the Hub’s inspiration and influencing role

Intended outcome: Funders are informed and inspired by the Hub to collaborate more effectively.


  • Number of views of Hub case studies and blogs (2022 target: 600 per month) 
  • Number of views of Hub toolkit content (2022 target: 150 per month) 
  • New funder collaborations are developed, informed by data and insights on needs, gaps and opportunities

Our progress:

In May there were 1,583 views of our blogs and funder collaboration case studies – our highest-ever monthly total – and 173 views of our Funder Collaboration Toolkit homepage.

Our two blogs exploring the Hub’s data on issue-based and geographical collaboration opportunities marked the start of our work to explore potential gaps and opportunities that new funder collaborations might address.

"This is the first time so much information about collaboration between UK funders has ever been brought together in one place." Jim Cooke, Head of the Funders Collaborative Hub
Blog: What issues are funders collaborating on?

May’s most viewed blogs:

Gloucestershire Funders. "From a single application, an applicant might receive funding from three different sources - and go on to form longer-term relationships with each of these funders." Sally Byng Chief Executive, Barnwood Trust
Case study: Gloucestershire Funders

May’s most viewed case studies:

If you have a viewpoint or some learning to share about funder collaboration, please get in touch about contributing to a blog or case study.  

Priority 3: Integrate the Hub within the wider landscape and develop a sustainable model

Raising awareness of the Funders Collaborative Hub continues to be a major focus, both amongst funders and with wider stakeholders who have an interest in effective funder collaboration.

The reach of all our communication channels grew in May:

  • 666 newsletter recipients (+5.5% vs April)
  • 1,718 Twitter followers (+4.9% vs April)
  • 8,590 page views of our website (+58% vs April).

We have continued to feed learning from the Hub into ACF’s ongoing strategic review. The results of this review, which will be completed in the second half of 2022, will provide vital context for the development of the Hub’s longer-term plans.

In May, we also contributed to the following collaborative initiatives led by other organisations:

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