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Edge Fund was initiated by a small group of philanthropists and activists in early 2012. We wanted to explore how funds could be given out in a way that both devolves the power of donors and creates real and systemic social change. From that point we organised several meetings, attended by over 50 participants representing different communities and issues such as racism, climate change, mining, Palestine, migrants, disabled people, Travellers, corporate power, Occupy and LGBTQI and covering all levels of wealth, backgrounds and passions.

During the process of setting up we researched other funders with similar aims. We learned a lot from a number of inspiring social justice funds around the world, including Resist, Social Justice Fund Northwest, XminY, Global Greengrants Fund, FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Funding Exchange to learn how they achieve their goals.

Our first year was an exciting time. You can see a timeline of the major milestones below. We now have 104 members and invite others who share our aims and values to join us. We hope to build a membership which is truly representative of all the people, communities and injustices that exist in the UK, although we appreciate it will take us some time to get there.

Edge first year

 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. George Mc Laughlin permalink
    October 11, 2012 4:34 pm

    Very interesting, would like to find out more about the organisation,the fund and how our group could be involved. GMcL Prehen Historical and Environmental Society

  2. October 16, 2012 11:57 am

    How refreshing! There are so many people and groups proposing ideas to bring about the paradigm shifts we need, yet they barely get positive airtime. I look forward to seeing the first round of awards and some early case histories. If I come across anyone eligible I will put them in touch. Simon Llewellyn, fundraising consultant

  3. October 18, 2012 10:27 pm

    Absolutely brilliant, its time that the people who need this change the most are fully involved in making it happen! jacx

  4. October 19, 2012 3:45 pm

    This is fantastic. We love your vision, values and the way in which you have communicated in such a bold new way what changes need addressing, and how.
    Time Won’t Wait

  5. October 22, 2012 9:19 pm

    Really pleased that there is an now organisation out there looking at positive change for the funding system.

  6. November 4, 2012 12:02 am

    We really like your statements for change. There are so few organisations like yours with the emphasis on redressing the imbalances and building inclusivity. Well done for getting the Edge going. Rhubarb Farm would love to become a member as we work on transforming lives and land by being inclusive and challenging.

  7. November 10, 2012 12:46 pm

    it’s good to be around to hear about you. about time!

  8. November 28, 2012 10:02 pm

    Just what we’ve been looking for. More people need to know that you exist. We will be promoting you to our friends, families and colleagues!

  9. December 5, 2012 12:23 pm

    Hi there, sounds interesting.
    Is the Edge Fund a registered charity?

    We will read more on the website and forward on if necessary.

    Good luck.

    • December 5, 2012 3:37 pm

      No we’re not a registered charity, that would limit us to supporting only ‘charitable’ work, i.e. no campaigning.

  10. December 3, 2013 5:33 pm

    Just read Sophie Pritchard’s blog on Huffington Post called “There’s more to conservation than tigers and pandas” . Very well said. More than we dare say publicly! So how do we change the system? How can we be more effective to bring fundraising to where it will do some good?

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