The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has today published its report sharing its insights into core funding with the aim of giving others "the ammunition to continue to make the case".
Insights on Core Funding makes four recommendations:
- Invest in the “what”, and let the organisations being funded determine the “how”
- Acknowledge the funder’s place in the complex jigsaw of funding
- Consider the barriers that really exist and those that have been constructed
- Make longer grants
The foundation carried out the research partly after learning that core funding has stayed reasonably consistent over the past five years, in spite of rising needs and falling incomes in the sector.
In the foreword to the report Caroline Mason, chief executive, said: "This report is for funders who care not just about the impact of what they fund, but the impact of how they fund. It shares insights from the hundreds of organisations we have supported in recent years with core funding.
"We also hope it will help provide the organisations out there doing the work the ammunition to continue to make the case for what they need to thrive."
She has also written an opinion piece for Civil Society Voices.
The report uses data and insights gathered over the last three years from more than 600 grants.
It shares the foundation’s analysis on the impact of core funding on outcomes and on the organisations.
It considers organisations funded by the foundation for over ten years and considers why more unrestricted funding is not made available.
The limits of core funding are also considered and the report looks at performance data on core and project grants.
The report is available on the funder's website.