The workshop on the 29th May held at Brewin Dolphin, Birmingham, offered the opportunity for funders in conjunction with other actors that support civil society, to reflect on what can be learnt from the findings of the Independent Commission on the future of Civil Society and the findings of a study visit to the USA on funder practices in shaping civil society.
Asif Afridi, Commission Panel Member provided an overview of the findings on the trends that are shaping civil society and what this means for its future. Here is a copy of the Commission’s Executive Summary and full report. Jess Middleton, Insights Manager, BBC Children in Need, shared her learning from a study visit to the USA that offers some interesting thoughts on how funders can play a role in shaping civil society. A copy of her full report can be found here.
A mix of independent funders, public bodies, voluntary and community sector agencies and faith networks explored and discussed how individual and organisational behaviour and attitudes could be developed and changed in addressing, power, accountability, relationships and trust in supporting civil society. A note of table discussions can be found here.