Responding to change together: Funding reimagined for a new decade — WM Funders Network announces major conference

Responding to change together: Funding reimagined for a new decade
Date: Thursday 12th March 2020, 10:30 – 15:45 GMT
Organisers: WM Funders Network, One Walsall and SCVO
Venue: Walsall Football Stadium, Bescot Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall WS1 4SA
Tickets: £15.00

A forthcoming conference organised by the WM Funders Network in conjunction with One Walsall and SCVO will examine new thinking and practices that can help ensure that a funding landscape exists in the West Midlands that can genuinely help the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector meet the social challenges and new trends it faces.

The event will bring together voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, trusts, social finance organisations and funding experts.

The conference, the first collaboration of its kind between the partners, will be introduced and chaired by Rita Chadha, chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition and is sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, Charity Bank and The National Lottery Community Fund. Jane Ide, Chief Executive of NAVCA will be the event’s keynote speaker.

There will be breakout sessions on topical funding issues raised by VCSE and WM funding members in late 2019. Sessions include User Involvement (why should funders get involved), Measuring Success (outputs, outcomes and impact), Partnership Working (shared learning and collaborative approaches between funders and the sector), the Value of Data (how digital can help) and Sustainability (what does this mean).

Conferences like this are invaluable not just for sharing ideas but also for demonstrating how good quality funding applications need to be supported by good communications, clear planning, good governance, purposeful data and a deep understanding of world around us — Rita Chadha, Conference Chair

Amongst the VCSE organisations who will be on hand to showcase their activities and provide funders with expert sector feedback will be the Ethical Property Company, Cranfield Trust, Citizen Coaching, Dudley CVS, and Wolverhampton CVS.

For more information about the conference send mail to Dipali Chandra at WM Funders Network.

Stay tuned to the WM Funders Network and Twitter for updates.




Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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