We believe that learning is a collective effort, and that to be effective it’s important to explore what has and hasn’t worked. That’s why we support grantees to collect, share and use evidence, to test new approaches and to evaluate and improve their practice. This, in turn, helps us to understand more about the work that we fund, and to analyse and make informed decisions about our approach to grant-making.

To create a reciprocal environment of knowledge exchange and to support a transparent approach to philanthropy, we too examine our own work and share key findings from our grant-making and research that we feel will be useful to others.

Review of UK Grant-making 2018

This report analyses learning from around 450 grants, from three years of grant-making under the current strategy. A rich data source for grantees, funders and those active in the fields in which PHF operates, the report pulls together emerging challenges, trends and the outcomes being pursued in efforts to advance social justice. This work will inform our thinking about how best to support grantees to respond to the challenges they’ve identified as well as provide the support that is needed to foster innovative practice and grow impact.

Full report: Review of UK Grant-making 2018

Grantee and Applicant Perception Reports 2017

We are committed to transparency and openness. Giving people a voice and stopping to listen is an important part of this. PHF was the first independent UK grant-maker to use the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) surveys, giving grantees and applicants the chance to speak freely about their experience of working with us. In 2017 we commissioned our third CEP survey. This covered topics ranging from people’s perceptions of the Foundation’s impact on their fields, our communications and relationships, and application processes. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their views.

Find out about what people think we are doing well, where they think we could do better and the actions we’re taking in response here.