On the Front Foot
In 2006, the Foundation made 22 grants under its STVS – independence programme. This programme was a response to the expanding role of many voluntary agencies in delivering a range of services in partnership with the state and a concern about the impact of these changes on their independence of action. The report describes the grants that were made and reviews the results. It finds that certain types of organisational resources seemed particularly helpful, including work on improving monitoring and evaluation, negotiation skills and strategic planning. Most important, however, seems to have been the opportunity that grants gave organisations to reflect on who and what they are, their core identity and values. It was this that then moved organisations to use their new organisational resources in active and confident pursuit of their independence.