Working with partners
In recent years we have explored a variety of partnerships and donation structures and found that these can play a vital part in amplifying our work:
- • Our partners and donors help us to amplify the reach and impact of the Fellowship.
- • Partners' support may cover funding, influence or promotion, tailored to their goals.
- • Partners' investment in the Fellowship offers leverage and growth for the benefit of the nation.
Amplifying our reach and impact
From national agencies like the British Council to respected charities like the Rank Foundation, to major donors such as the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust or motivated philanthropists, we have found that working together can multiply the success of our Fellowships and take them to another level.
Financial supporters have helped us to expand the number of Fellowships we can offer each year by 50% since 2015. We can only maintain this number through the generosity and vision of funders who appreciate the additional impact this can have on issues across the UK.
Expert partners help us enormously with developing our award categories, reaching the widest audience to recruit applicants, and then spreading the word about what their Fellows have discovered around the world. This allows Fellows to magnify their influence where it can count most.
One thing that unites all of our supporters is a sense that they are backing talent and potential - and that the Fellows are extraordinary people whose determination and ability will make a practical difference in almost every sphere of our national life.
Each of our partnerships is different and is developed in relation to the aims of the partner. A partner might be looking to develop new research through our Fellows or influence practice at regional or national level. They might be keen to promote new initatives and start-ups in their field. Or they might be motivated by a philanthropic desire to improve a particular issue or offer a life-changing opportunity to these dynamic individuals.
Whatever the goal, we tailor-make each relationship to suit all parties. Here is what we have developed so far:
- Funding partners help us to attract applicants through their strong presence in a particular field. They also joinly fund Fellowships and provide a platform from which Fellows can disseminate their findings and recommendations.
- Knowledge partners are non-financial supporters who bring a wealth of sector expertise, enabling us to reach potential applicants and enabling Fellows to impact their sectors effectively.
- Funders are usually grant-making organisations that provide financial support to a category of Fellowships whose subject particularly interests them.
- Donors support individual Fellowships without being part of a subject-specific relationship.
Leverage and growth
The Fellowships offer a model of relatively low-cost investment into individuals and impacts that will grow over decades. For us to provide a single Fellowship costs £10,000. The Fellow will go on to make change happen, locally and nationally, immediately and for the long term, during many years of personal and professional achievement.