We define philanthropy as the giving of resources in an engaged and strategic way for maximum impact and in a tax efficient manner. It can include the giving of money, assets, time, talent, voice and one’s social capital. We believe in the power of philanthropy as a great social connector and the source of many great opportunities.

City Philanthropy

A Wealth of Opportunity

Funder Collaboration the potholes, potentials and possibilities

12:30 pm


Do you want to find out when collaboration could be a fruitful road to explore? And when it would be best to go it alone? Collaboration can be time consuming, costly and difficult to administer and monitor. Yet evidence suggests that when the circumstances are right and the partners are suitably matched, working in collaboration can make funders more effective (DP Evaluation, 2012).

The aim of this seminar is to deepen participants’ understanding of what collaboration can mean for foundations, the different forms it can take and what impact it can have.

At this seminar, delegates will

  • explore the different types of collaboration, their benefits and implications
  • look at different kinds of collaboration, when they are suitable, and when it is better to go it alone
  • have an opportunity to hear from UK and US funders when it has worked for them and when it wasn’t so appropriate
  • do practical exercises to road test collaboration within their own scenarios

You will look closely at case studies of UK funders’ collaboratives and draw out some of the lessons about when, how and why collaboration can be an appropriate option for foundations.


  • Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair
  • Julia Kaufman, independent consultant (former Director of BBC Children in Need)
  • Henry Kippin, Executive Director, Collaborate
  • Debbie Pippard, Head of Programmes, Barrow Cadbury Trust


Jason Franklin will bring his extensive experience of working collaboratively within the US philanthropic community and help participants explore both the benefits and challenges of adopting this funding approach.

Julia Kaufman will report on the learnings from the Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition, which saw the collaboration of 22 foundations who were committed to advocating for a better treatment of women in the criminal justice system.

Debbie Pippard will reflect upon the learning from three collaborations - New Beginnings Fund; Migration Exchange; and the European Platform for Integration and Migration (EPIM).

Henry Kippin will share the findings of recent research carried out by Collaborate around the key elements that need to be in place for a wellfunctioning funding ecology, looking specifically at the benefits of collaboration.

Please note the date of this event has changed, and will now be held on 18th April 2017.


Members £60 

Non-Members £85 


victoria@acf.org.uk | 0207 255 4499

book here: http://www2.acf.org.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT00961




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