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During 2021/22, the Foundation Practice Rating assessed 100 UK-based charitable foundations on their practices on accountability, transparency and diversity. Foundations were assessed on ~90 questions based on the criteria, which were designed using a public consultation, and we used only publicly-available data. The results are published here, along with more information about it.
 
The rating will repeat annually. Having run the rating once, we are inviting views as to how it could be amended / improved for subsequent years. 
 
Any person representing a charitable, philanthropic or social-purpose organisation based in the UK is welcome to participate in this consultation. We are interested in views both of grant-makers, and of organisations who seek and receive grants from those foundations.
 
The project is led by the Friends Provident Foundation, funded by a set of UK foundations, and the research is conducted by Giving Evidence.
 
In this survey, we:
 
a)   invite you to share some information about yourself and any organisation you mainly represent;
b)  invite you to share thoughts on how this project could better measure the diversity practice of UK foundations, and;
c)   invite you to comment on any other aspects of this project, including but not limited to: the selection of foundations assessed during year one, the criteria used during year one to assess these foundations and the overall process.
 
All responses to this consultation are anonymous. Friends Provident Foundation and Giving Evidence will not collect any personal data and will only use the anonymous data gathered to help inform the UK Foundation Practice Rating’s future iterations.
 
Friends Provident Foundation and Giving Evidence will publish key findings from this consultation shortly after it closes. 
 
This survey will close on 24 May 2022 at 17.00.

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* 1. What type of organisation do you mainly work or volunteer for?

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* 2. Is the organisation you work or volunteer for based in the UK?

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* 3. Doing better on diversity practice

We are aware that it can be difficult to measure the diversity practice of foundations. It is also the case that diversity was the pillar (of our three) on which foundations scored worst overall.

For this project, diversity practice includes whether a foundation provides accessible information to different groups of people as well as how diverse a foundation’s staff team and board is.

Therefore, we are particularly interested in suggestions about additional criteria and/or different ways in which we could measure foundations’ diversity practice. The list of criteria we used to assess foundations in year one is here: https://www.foundationpracticerating.org.uk/criteria/.

Please note that the Foundation Practice Rating only uses publicly available data, for instance, information shared via a foundation’s website.

Given the above, what suggestions do you have about how the Foundation Practice Rating could better measure foundations’ diversity practice?

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* 4. Any other comments?

This final section invites you to comment on any other aspects of this project, including but not limited to:

a.) the selection of foundations assessed;

b.) the criteria and method used assess these foundations, and;

c.) the overall process.

Thank you for taking part in this consultation.

Friends Provident Foundation and Giving Evidence will openly publish key findings from this consultation shortly after it closes.
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