Cultural Playing Field

Working with the Directory of Social Change by Robin Simpson
October 23, 2008, 12:58 pm
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I was back in London on Wednesday to meet Ben Wittenberg, Director of Policy & Research at the Directory of Social Change. I was quite familiar with the DSC’s information and training for voluntary sector organisations but impressed to hear that the charity, which employs 45 people in London and Liverpool, works with more than 20,000 organisations a year, generating 87% of its own income. The policy and campaigning side of their work is new and growing: to date their main focus has been on public service delivery and commissioning. DSC will launch its ‘Funders’ Almanac 2008’ on 5 November. The almanac will provide vital intelligence to funders and marks the first step towards producing a comprehensive picture of funding in the voluntary and community sector. DSC then has plans for a broad campaign on giving and grant-making. Ben and I had a wide-ranging discussion about how we might be able to work together – both in relation to our lobbying and advocacy work but also where there is some crossover in our information services. We will start by collaborating on a review of DSC’s ‘Arts Funding Guide’ early next year.

Robin Simpson.

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