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View, download or listen: inspiring interviews on sustainable funding and commissioning.
Featured: Our special interview series with inspiring thought leaders.

Navigating by the stars: a person surrounded by four coloured shapes

Navigating by the stars - introducing the 'Notcast'!

During lockdown we're recording a series of interviews with people who've got important things to say about the nonprofit world. They give clear ideas and inspiration for navigating your way through a complex world.

They're not formal podcasts but you can watch, listen or download them just the same: Notcasts, if you like. [For best quality, we recommend the audio files - see links below.]
View or listen to individual episodes here (or binge on the whole series?!). Read on for details.

Creating value through relationships

Professor Martin Christopher is one of our heroes. His seminal work on Relationship Marketing transformed our approach to Income Generation. (Graeme based his Masters thesis - and some key principles in the Lasting Difference toolkit - on it!)
Martin was one of the first people to identify that companies don't compete - their networks do. He later led the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield School of Management.
In this easygoing but vital 20-minute interview, Martin distils his insights into genuinely inspiring, provocative ideas for charities, funders and commissioners:
  • The importance of relationships in procurement and commissioning.
  • The role of suppliers in innovation.
  • Where competitive advantage comes from.
  • How to identify and manage high-value, high cost customers (i.e. most of your main funders!).

View the video here (YouTube).

Listen to or download the audio (SoundCloud)
Khalida Hussain and Graeme Reekie in conversation

The principles of sustainable funding

When we first heard the story of how Khalida Hussain  managed the Oral Health Community Challenge Fund, we knew we had to share it with others.
It's a brilliant example of how funding can (and should) be used to generate learning, support sustainability and tackle inequality. In this 10-minute clip, Khalida outlines the five principles that guided the fund:
  1. Make it relevant to a wide and diverse range of third sector organisations.
  2. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion at all stages.
  3. Genuine two-way learning between funded projects and funder (Scottish Government).
  4. Support sustainability beyond the funding period through capacity building and learning opportunities.
  5. Use the collective, emergent learning to influence future policy and change practice in community oral health improvement.

View the video here (YouTube).

Listen to or download the audio (SoundCloud)
Portrait of Elaine Wilson, Head of Learning and Development at Corra Foundation

Voice, power, change:

The value of learning and relationships in funding
Elaine Wilson recently joined one of our workshops, unifying many of the themes from the interviews above. In this 12-minute conversation, she shares UK funders' perspectives on:
  • Learning from communities and lived experience.
  • Relationships between funders and funded - why and how.
  • Exit strategies from funding.
  • Sustainable impact.

View the video here (YouTube).

Listen to or download the audio (SoundCloud)
You can download the full slides and notes from our three-part Corra Foundation workshop series here. They are part of a treasure trove of other excellent charity resources, well worth a visit!
Visit the Wren and Greyhound Resources page for more inspiring stories and resources, including:
Shumela Ahmed from Resilience Learning Partnership on community justice, action research, lived experience and a very creative response to Covid-19.
Listen or download audio
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Steven Marwick from ESS shares straightforward ways to use evaluation for learning and improvement. Includes tips for evaluation during Covid-19.
Listen or download audio
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In next week's update:
  • Notes and learning from our recent workshop programmes.
  • Autumn opportunities - special new online and e-learning programmes to be announced!
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