Our Funder Safeguarding Collaborative includes funders from all over the world who are committed to taking action to keep people safe from harm.

FSC event in Nairobi

FSC team discussions in Nairobi

 

Meet our members

All of our members who have helped champion safeguarding by investing in initiatives to keep people safe are highlighted in purple.

Our founding members

Network members

SUPPORT members – building internal safeguarding systems with support from FSC

CONNECT members – learning together as part of a diverse network

FSC members

 

Embedding safeguarding with a SUPPORT membership from FSC

One of FSC’s first ever members is a grant-making organisation working to tackle violence against children globally. With a deep belief in the importance of keeping people safe, the organisation took up a SUPPORT membership with FSC in March 2021 with the main aim of finalising its organisational safeguarding policy and ensuring safe practices were embedded across all aspects of their work.

How did FSC help?
  1. Policy Development: FSC supported the organisation to finalise its first ever safeguarding policy and to ensure that the core team, consultants and advisory board members were aware of and committed to implementing their safeguarding responsibilities.
  2. Implementation Support: FSC provides on-going support to the team as they implement their safeguarding policy. This includes support to resolve any challenges which may emerge, and the development of tools or guidance to assist with implementation.
  3. Policy Review: As part of their commitment to continual learning and improvement, FSC is supporting the Safeguarding Lead with a one-year review of their safeguarding policy to ensure the policy remains relevant and realistic.
  4. Learning and development: Being a member at FSC opened the door for the organisation to engage in learning around other safeguarding-related matters, through discussions with FSC and exchanging learning with other funders in the FSC network.
The outcomes

The organisation felt they were able to jump relatively quickly from having no policy to having a cutting-edge policy that works well for them. and they have been able to create space for and hold critical conversations on safeguarding with their team, Advisory Board, as well as grantee partners. They feel positive about having raised the profile of safeguarding in their work.

“We have constant and immediate support from FSC about any questions or concerns we have about a safeguarding issue or our policy. The best thing about FSC is that its approach is always about the organisation and the context. It has to work for the organisation. We find this extremely valuable and feel lucky that we were amongst the very first FSC members.”

 

 

Information about membership

We have made joining as easy as possible and you can find all the information you need below.

What membership includes

There are three levels of membership with FSC and the first one is completely free to join.

 

Our CONNECT membership includes:

This membership option is free but we welcome voluntary contributions from funders who wish to support the work of FSC. It’s up to you if and how much you want to contribute.

CONNECT members have the option to commission additional technical support and consultancy, which will be arranged using a separate contract from the membership agreement.

“Some of these questions [raised by others] can be like an early warning system – we hear about issues that we hadn’t even considered, and it helps us get prepared.””

– FSC member

 

Our SUPPORT membership includes all the benefits of the CONNECT membership, plus:

Up to 10 hours of technical support from the FSC team who can provide a space to talk through any safeguarding questions you may have and provide  information and resources on keeping people safe. You will have the opportunity to identify solutions that are relevant, realistic and that align with your values for your organisation.

The SUPPORT membership requires a membership contribution of £1000/$1400 per year.

If you require more than 10hrs, you have the option to commission additional technical support through a consultancy agreement with FSC. This can be arranged at any time during your membership.

 

Our INVEST membership includes all the benefits of the CONNECT membership and the 10hrs of technical support included in SUPPORT membership plus:

Opportunities to invest in initiatives to strengthen safeguarding globally, either individually or in collaboration with other FSC members. The FSC team would be happy to discuss this and help you explore these investment options.

INVEST members who champion safeguarding through grant funding to FSC are not required to pay any additional membership contributions.

 

“[The] training, support and consultancy have been excellent and invaluable. It has helped us grow in confidence and to develop/implement our safeguarding policy and grant making practices.”

– FSC member

 


Find out more

A member of the team would be happy to chat to you if you have specific questions and would like to know more about the network. Please email us at [email protected] to arrange a call.

 

 

How to become a member

Our simple process provides you with the opportunity to find out more and ensure that the network is the right option for your organisation.

Step 1: Please email your expression of interest to FSC, on [email protected].

Step 2: Meet with one of the FSC Co-Directors so we can find out more about your organisation and explain the support FSC offers and the membership levels.

Step 3: Complete a membership agreement which sets out the parameters of the membership and is where you sign up to FSC values.

Step 4: Although funders do not need to have a specific level of safeguarding to join, we do ask members to provide some information about safeguarding within their organisation so we can identify your needs and track progress.

Once the agreement is signed, you are a member and have access to FSC’s online community and learning events. To keep things simple, your membership is renewed annually via email.

 

Membership criteria

We believe that all funders have a valuable contribution to make in keeping people safe. The FSC encourages membership from grant-making organisations from all over the world, so we aim to remove potential barriers to engagement while ensuring a commitment to FSC mission and values from all members.

To join the FSC as a Network Member, organisations must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Trusts and foundations who have grant making as a core component of the organisational mission. This includes private, corporate, public, and community foundations and charitable trusts. Although membership is not open to bi-lateral or government funders, we aim to work closely with government stakeholders to share learning and promote best practice.
  • Intermediary funders (fiscal sponsors, grant-making public charities, community foundations, and philanthropy advisors) may join the FSC if they dedicate at least 50% of their budget to grant-making and/or providing capacity building support to the organisations they fund.
  • Funder networks and grant-making affinity groups are also eligible to join the FSC. Membership is restricted to employees and representatives of the Funder Network. Members of the Funder Network are welcome to join FSC but this will be subject to completing a membership agreement with each individual organisation.
  • Members must agree and sign a commitment to FSC Values.
  • FSC members are not required to have safeguarding policies in place at the time of joining, as we recognise that organisations will be at different stages of their safeguarding journey. However, in line with our values and commitment to promoting best practice, FSC does expect members to take proactive steps to implement safeguarding measures within their organisation. This will be reviewed annually at the time of membership renewal.

 

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

Contact
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