The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and more than 100 independent grantmakers (who have signed up to be more Open and Trusting in how they make and manage their grants) want your views on how they can improve your funding experience. What behaviours, processes and practices help to reduce the wasted time, effort and stress of fundraising and funding relationships? What changes could they make, and which of these matters most? This survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete – and your view WILL have a direct influence because:
  • These grantmakers have committed to using the results of this survey to improve what they do
  • You can be part of our work on holding them to account for this promise 
  • Your replies are completely anonymous, so you can give honest feedback without any worries 
  • We will publish the results and work with all our networks to persuade them to take your feedback on board
  • We will send you the results of the survey, so you know what the sector thinks (if you choose to share your contact details with us)
Please tell us ONLY about your experience of applying for funding from independent grantmakers and NOT about what it’s like applying to public bodies like your local authority, health authority or central government.

If you would like to read the questions before you start the survey, you can find a PDF copy of the questionnaire here. Please submit your answers using this online survey. 

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Prize Draw
All participants who complete the survey can opt-in to a prize draw to win one of 10 prizes of £100 for their organisation. You are eligible if your organisation is one of the following:
You can enter into the prize draw at the end of the survey.

This survey has been created by IVAR (The Institute for Voluntary Action Research). We work with charities, foundations and public agencies to strengthen communities across the UK through action research. Find out more about us on our website: If you choose to share personal data (e.g. name and email address), this will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy. All insights or comments shared publicly will be anonymised, and we will not publish anything that could identify you.