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Cassie Robinson

Opinion Cassie Robinson 3 July 2022

What’s really needed of us all now: New frontiers in funding, philanthropy, and investment

In July, a new conference in London will bring together innovators across the philanthropic and investment worlds, to learn from one another and make new connections. The event will explore approaches in investment and philanthropy …

Opinion Cassie Robinson 31 January 2022

Funding the third horizon

Over the last 10 months I have been co-hosting a Philea Community of Practice on Strategic Foresight, Imagination and Regenerative Futures. In September’s session the focus of the conversation was to explore what it means …

Opinion Cassie Robinson 21 November 2021

Community-scale missions need all sectors working together

At the end of June this year, we announced a new funding and support programme – a pilot partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA UK. The programme, Places Called Home, aims to …

Opinion Cassie Robinson 4 November 2021

10 year grants: investing in ecologies and ecosystems to do the long, deep work of system shifting change

The Growing Great Ideas Fund from the National Lottery Community Fund offers long term, multi-year funding to initiatives with the potential to achieve transformative, longer-term change. Last month we announced the first recipients of Growing …

Opinion 1 Cassie Robinson 21 June 2021

The grantmaking practices we need

I’ve been thinking a lot about grantmaking as a practice, and in particular what kinds of practices we need to steward what Arundhati Roy talks of here – ‘Another world is not only possible, she …

Opinion Jim Cooke and Cassie Robinson 29 April 2021

Practical tips for funder collaboration in new toolkit

It doesn’t take long online to find content about collaboration – what makes a good collaboration, stories from the frontlines of collaboration, and so forth. It’s much harder to find content that practically guides you …

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 …