Back to school for charities?

With the recent reopening of schools across the UK, after a prolonged period of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, this guest blog by Martin Bisp, co-founder of Empire Fighting Chance, details how opportunities for charities working in schools have changed and what effect this is having on charities, and crucially, young people.

Empire Fighting Chance is an SFF grantee. The charity uses a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their potential.

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Funding beyond Covid-19: Which new practices should funders keep and which old ones should they go back to?

This blog post by Matthew Mannix reflects on what we have learnt about good grant-making practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can fund better going forward. It argues that many of the changes funders have made in response to the crisis should continue, but that there are some pre-crisis funding practices we should revert back to.

Matthew is a consultant at NPC, a charity think tank and consultancy that works with both funders and charities to improve the sector. Matthew advises the Disadvantaged Youth and Mental Health portfolios for the Stone Family Foundation.

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Digital services: How to connect in a time of crisis

Since 2018, the Stone Family Foundation has supported Mental Health Innovations, a digital mental health charity which runs Shout. Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 mental health text service.

In this guest blog, Mental Health Innovations’ Dr Ariele Noble (Research Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor), Dr Lia Maragkou (Clinical Supervisor) and Sarah Kendrick (Head of Quality), explain how Shout is well-suited to connect with users throughout the COVID-19 crisis. 

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What the private sector can offer the charity sector and how funders can help it to do more

This blog post by Matthew Mannix explores how in utilising a business’ expertise and skills, corporate-charity partnerships can add huge value to an organisation’s mission, with funders playing an important role.

Matthew is a consultant at NPC, a charity think tank and consultancy that works with both funders and charities to improve the sector. Matthew advises the Disadvantaged Youth and Mental Health portfolios for the Stone Family Foundation.

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Mental health in the UK: From awareness to action?

This guest post is from Carin Eisenstein, a Consultant at NPC who advises the Foundation on its mental health portfolio

For World Mental Health Day, Carin looks back at the last year in mental health, highlighting the vital role charities have played in promoting awareness and delivering much-needed care in a difficult funding environment. While there are open promises of increased government funding towards mental health, there remains a need for private funding—now more than ever.

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