Foundation Practice Rating

Diversity, equity and inclusion
Grant-making practices
Existing collaboration

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

Foundations increasingly recognise that charity effectiveness and responsibility are based on transparency and accountability to those they support, and to society more widely. Foundation Practice Rating (FPR) is intended to support foundations in this process.

FPR is a new method of assessing the governance and reporting practices of private trusts and foundations in the UK. It assesses foundations’ performance in three areas:

- Transparency

- Accountability

- Diversity.

In the first year, 100 foundations were assessed against a standard set of criteria, drawing only on publicly available materials (foundations’ websites, annual reports etc).

As a small trust with a big mission, we have always known that working in partnership with other foundations was the best way to maximise the chance of change.

Danielle Walker Palmour
Director, Friends Provident Foundation

How to get involved

Each year, a sample of foundations will be rated, selected randomly from those listed in the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) Foundation Giving Trends report. 

All funders of the Foundation Practice Rating project will also be rated. It is possible to opt in to being rated by becoming a funder of the project. If you would like to join the funding group, please contact Danielle Walker Palmour at Friends Provident Foundation.

If you have questions about the research, please contact Caroline Fiennes at Giving Evidence.

Who's involved

This initiative is led by Friends Provident Foundation, in partnership with Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Blagrave Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Lankelly Chase Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Power to Change.

The research is being carried out by Giving Evidence.

Learning and Resources

The 2022 results of the Foundation Practice Rating are available here.

The rating methods and criteria are published on the project’s website, along with guidance for foundations on how to do well.

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