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.
Funder Safeguarding Collaborative (FSC) was created in response to these concerns. 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. 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.
FSC connects members to a wealth of knowledge and expertise:
Network members have access to all connection opportunities free of charge upon joining.
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.
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. 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.
FSC envisions a world where organizational cultures and practices keep people safe from harm. The collaborative’s work is guided by the values of safety, listening, learning, practicing trust, and shifting power.
Since its launch in March 2021, FSC has welcomed a broad range of members. Membership is open to charitable trusts and foundations, intermediary funders, and funder networks that share FSC’s values and commitment.
FSC is powered by a team of committed safeguarding professionals.
We are committed to promoting a culture of safety and embedding practices that keep people safe from harm.
This guide is designed to help funders embed safeguarding in participatory grant-making. It includes guidance on how to consider safeguarding in the planning, delivery, and review of participatory grant-making processes.
This research examines the challenges, positive practices, and opportunities for collaboration between funders on safeguarding.
This framework is designed to help funders consider their own internal practices and integrate safeguarding within their funding cycle by posing questions that prompt discussion.
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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