Following the publication of 'Thinking Big: How to Use Theory of Change for Systems Change by New Philanthropy Capital and Lankelly Chase today Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Communication, Lloyds Bank Foundation said:

"We welcome the ‘Thinking Big’ report from NPC and Lankelly Chase, which rightly emphasises the need for charities and funders to work better together to solve big social problems.

 “However this is not an ‘either/or’ situation, in which tackling root causes can be pitted against helping existing charities survive. It’s vital that we look after those tackling the issues affecting people today as well as helping them prevent people getting into difficulty tomorrow so that we don’t leave people in some of the toughest situations in life with nowhere left to turn.

“To free up grantmakers to focus on longer-term solutions, we need government to move away from their short-term approach to commissioning which prioritises cost savings and delivering at scale, and commit to models that work for the 97% of charities that are small, local, and delivering vital frontline services.

“The majority of the 700 charities we fund would welcome the opportunity to focus on changing systems and finding upstream solutions, but with funding hard to come by, and demand rising, they need help to survive, and to provide for the people in their communities for whom there is nowhere left to go." 

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