Foundation collaboration in response to Covid-19

Event date: 
October 8, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis continues to evolve and impact deeply on civil society. Foundations are increasingly seeking to think and work in collaboration in order to maximise the benefit of their resources, demand for which continues to grow. This special event on 8 October 2020 set out the key ingredients for effective foundation collaboration, drawing on lessons from the past, examples from the present and plans for the future.

It also provided a briefing on the new Funders Collaborative Hub. The Hub is an initiative created by a community of foundations and civil society organisations, hosted by ACF, to enable increased understanding, closer alignment, and opportunities for foundation collaboration in the post-emergency phase of Covid-19.


Faiza Khan, Engagement and Insight Director, National Lottery Community Fund


  • Carol Mack, CEO of ACF
  • Ben Cairns, CEO of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)
  • Clare Carter, Director of the Access to Justice Foundation (and leading member of the Community Justice Fund, a multi-million pooled fund to support legal advice services cope with Covid-19)
  • James Banks, Director of London Funders (which created the highly impactful London Community Response funding portal)
  • Max Rutherford, Head of Policy at ACF, speaking on behalf of the Hub team

Learning and Resources