Ben Wittenberg

Ben Wittenberg

Ben Wittenberg is director of policy and research at the Directory of Social Change.  He is accountable for all of DSC’s funding information, as well as its policy and campaigning activity. Before joining DSC he worked for national youth charity Weston Spirit, running projects in Liverpool and across the UK.

He is also trustee and vice chair of Liverpool arts charity, Urban Strawberry Lunch.

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Stop that bid! Ten questions to ask before applying for a grant

Knowing when not to write a funding bid to a trust or foundation is one of the key principles in trust fundraising. Here Ben Wittenberg shares the ten questions the DSC asks itself before it even considers putting together an application.

Smooth sailing? How grantmakers are responding to troubled waters

Trusts and foundations have been traversing troubled waters, but so far managed to stay the course with their grantmaking. Celina Ribeiro investigates how grantmakers have reacted to the downturn and how they are preparing to navigate the future.

Read the small print - Applying for grants is easier when you know what you're getting in to

Small print exists for a reason and charities could save precious time by taking note, says Ben Wittenberg, who is calling for a sector-wide debate on problems facing charities when applying for grants.

We're afraid campaigning will cost us funding

"We are a medium-sized organisation that offers support and training to women. We are funded mainly by statutory sources. We want to increase our influence as a campaigning charity but fears that challenging government would cost us funding are holding us back. Is it possible to combine the two and if so, how?"

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