• 20 Apr 2017

What’s your hope for civil society in the next ten years?

Independent inquiry into the future of Civil Society launched today

Paul Hamlyn Foundation is pleased to partner with seven other independent funders coordinated by the Baring Foundation to back an independent inquiry into the future of civil society. The other funders are the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian (UK Branch), City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lankelly Chase. Together with NCVO who is providing research to the inquiry we hope to create new ways for the independent voice of the voluntary sector to be heard and to influence its future direction.

Chaired by Julia Unwin CBE, the inquiry is asking some important and bold questions of everyone. Whether you are working for a small charity, a large national organisation or volunteering in your local community group the inquiry is keen to hear what you think the future for civil society should look like.

To facilitate these important conversations, the inquiry has today launched a new website called Civil Society Futures which will enable everyone to get involved through online debate, community events, or by accessing research brought together on the site to help develop solutions to the challenges we all face. You can visit the website here:

“At Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we know that the environment in which our grantees operate is complex. The inquiry provides an opportunity for us all to collaborate to ensure that in the future that environment is as supportive as it can be for those working hard to achieve change for communities. We encourage everyone to get involved in the inquiry’s work and look forward to contributing to the debate over the next two years.” Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Please join the debate here and follow the work of the inquiry via social media here @Civsocfutures.