Introduction to the Survey

About GGM

The Grant Givers' Movement is a non-hierarchical gathering of those working in the grant giving sector. It's a space for those who feel passionate about making positive change in and through the sector, to do so with collective power behind them.

The movement is an opportunity for people working in grant giving to collaborate. Together, we seek to challenge the status-quo on issues such as where endowments are invested, where power lies, systems change and the role of philanthropy in tackling some of society’s most pressing problems. Ultimately, it’s about joining up and improving grant-making from within.

As with our previous surveys, this survey is for people working in some capacity or involved as volunteers in grant-making.

What’s next

Combining the results from the survey below - which has been informed by our GGM members - and a comprehensive literature review, we will aim to produce and publish a report on this important topic by the end of this year.



For the purposes of this research, our main focus will be on institutional philanthropy (by which we mean independent foundations where the original donor is no longer alive, or, if the donor is living, where there are staff and other infrastructure to manage the giving). This is because most of the people who engage with us work in foundations/grant giving organisations. However, we recognise the growing importance of new types of donors/philanthropy and our questions will therefore encompass some aspects related to individual philanthropists – as well as questions around sources of wealth.


For the purposes of this research, when we talk about ethics we are talking about both internal and external factors around power, accountability, transparency, malpractice, governance. We define ethics as a system of moral principles which aims to decipher what is good for individuals and society. In this sense, we limit the role of ethics in this survey to outlining the possible decisions individuals can make, rather than establishing an absolute truth about which decisions are best.

How long will the survey take?

If you complete the survey without any comments it will take around 15 minutes. We have purposefully added text boxes to most questions to give you the chance to elaborate and have your say. We really appreciate your time, energy and interest in this important topic. 
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