Theory of Change

Our goal is to improve lives in London’s communities. We do this by helping to create the conditions in which London’s funders can thrive.

Our theory of change shows outcomes – from our work with funders and investors across the public, independent, social and corporate sectors, and from their work supporting civil society. Outcomes build on one another as we move towards change in Londoners’ lives. Therefore, this is also a theory of change for London’s civil society as a whole.


Funders have access to information about good and bad practices

Helping funders to access information about good and bad practices is key to enabling them to improve their funding. Through our network meetings and events, we provide forums where funders can learn from each other by sharing and reflecting on experiences. Our monthly e-bulletin and website also provide channels for sharing information between funders. Outside of the regular calendar of events, if an issue arises that is relevant to a number of members, we convene a bespoke session at which it is explored. This can be led by an individual member or driven by us, based on what we learn from ‘horizon-scanning’ with funders,civil society and other London stakeholders.

After a series of conversations within the London Funders Children and Young People Network, a group of funders co-produced an event for mainstream youth services looking at how they could increase their openness and accessibility for young people with disabilities. BBC Children in Need, City Bridge Trust, John Lyon’s Charity and London Youth combined to design an event at which funders could learn about inclusive practices and meet young people themselves to hear about how services could best work for them.