The ability of charitable organizations to prevent abuse and exploitation across their operations has been the subject of intense media and political scrutiny. In 2018, the UK government’s International Development Committee warned that the failure to prioritize safeguarding, which resulted in the chronic underfunding of this area by funding agencies, was one of the main obstacles to improving efforts to keep people safe.
The Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC) was created in response to these concerns. The FSC was founded by Oak Foundation, Comic Relief, Porticus, The National Lottery Community Fund, and Global Fund for Children, who came together with a shared commitment to creating a safer world. The FSC does not see itself as a standard setting body, but rather as a catalyst for change.
To promote collaboration, listening, and learning among funders and organizations to support and strengthen safeguarding practices globally.
• Safety: We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe. We take action to ensure that our institutions and the organizations we fund protect people from harm.
• Listening: We value the expertise of others and welcome the contributions that diverse voices bring to the conversation.
• Learning: We acknowledge what we don’t know, value the knowledge that others bring, and commit to continually learning, adapting, and then learning some more.
• Practicing trust: We cultivate relationships based on mutual trust and respect. We create spaces where it is safe to ask questions, learn from mistakes, and challenge the status quo.
• Shifting power: We actively promote a more equitable system that values and supports the power and knowledge within the organizations we fund and the communities they serve.
The FSC connects members to a wealth of knowledge and expertise:
Network members have access to all connection opportunities free of charge upon joining.
The FSC offers a range of flexible support tailored to the specific needs of funders.
Support is fee-based and is only available to network members.
The FSC provides opportunities for members to invest in evidence-informed initiatives to improve global practices.
Our initial investment priority is:
The pilot will take place in Uganda. The FSC aims to extend the grants to organizations based in other countries in the future.
Future investments will be informed by member interests and evidence of what works.
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.
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