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Cassie Robinson

Opinion Cassie Robinson 13 May 2020

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 3

This is the third post in a series of Observations from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during Covid-19. Last week The National Lottery Community Fund hosted the first of a series of three …

Opinion Cassie Robinson 10 May 2020

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 2

The narrative of civil societyNow more than ever, Trusts and Foundations should be investing in how to assemble and build a more visible narrative about what civil society has been doing during this crisis. It …

Opinion Cassie Robinson 7 May 2020

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK

What is this new context bringing up for you as a funder? Here I share some of my reflections and observations 6 weeks into the crisis in the UK. Interdependence That word interdependence is appearing …

Practical advice Cassie Robinson 9 April 2020

Collective care in grantmaking – taking care of each other, and our grantees

This week in the Digital Fund’s weekly Monday morning team session we started discussing how difficult we’re finding it to hear stories from grantees about the challenges they are facing right now. This is rarely …

Practical advice Cassie Robinson 1 April 2020

How can philanthropists and foundations meaningfully and effectively coordinate COVID-19 response?

This is clearly a time for philanthropy and foundations to be proactive in how they support civil society. There is so much that is needed right now, from emergency response funding, efforts to do the …

Practical advice Cassie Robinson 9 February 2020

How foundations can support civil society to anticipate and shape technology

In the first blog post of this series, I shared a film we made to engage UK foundations and philanthropists in the conversation about how civil society can be better equipped to anticipate and shape …

Analysis Cassie Robinson 7 February 2020

A new social contract between civil society and big tech: The UK foundation perspective

At the end of last year 30 UK foundations met to discuss their role in forging a new social contract between civil society and big tech, prompted by the film I shared in my previous …

Analysis Cassie Robinson 5 February 2020

What is the role of foundations and philanthropy in forging a new social contract between civil society and big tech?

There are so many ways that technology is changing our society, and really if we’re thinking about the future, I believe we’re faced with 4 huge and urgent challenges — the climate emergency, growing inequality, …

Practical advice Cassie Robinson 27 August 2019

10 things on my mind as a funder

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a phone interview – or more informal chat – with a senior person working in another Foundation as part of scoping out their future strategy. She asked me …