Foundation Practice Rating

Issue:
Diversity, equity and inclusion
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Grant-making practices
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Location:
UK-wide
Type:
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 will assess foundations’ performance in three areas:

- Transparency

- Accountability

- Diversity.

Over 100 foundations will be assessed against a standard set of criteria, drawing only on publicly available materials (foundations’ websites, annual reports etc). Each will be rated annually for several years, with the ratings published along with the underlying data.

How to get involved

A sample of foundations will be rated, selected randomly from those listed in the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) Foundation Giving Trends 2019 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 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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