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Trust & Foundation News | July 2016

The United Kingdom’s austerity program has reduced government benefits to some of the most vulnerable populations. By tapping into the UK’s art of collaboration and cross-sector partnership, collective impact offers a method for communities to provide the support needed to help these groups flourish.

Top Takeaways

  1. As austerity measures have reduced government spending on public services, funding from private philanthropies can be used to spark collective impact initiatives that can fill these gaps.
  2. Foundations can contribute to large-scale change throughout the UK by issuing grants to fund the process of collaboration, funding the backbone function, and shifting focus from outputs to outcomes.
The limited resources of philanthropy, when combined with the tools of collective impact, might actually serve to offset the vastly larger reductions in public spending driven by austerity measures.