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What we do

For every person in Scotland

We believe Scotland’s voluntary sector has a transformative effect on the lives of those living in Scotland who otherwise may struggle to make the best of their lives due to life circumstances, poverty, or other disadvantages. Our aim is to amplify and strengthen the impact of organisations across civic society by helping them build their strength, resilience, and reach.

We do that through harnessing the power of private, public, and voluntary sectors. Since 2008 Inspiring Scotland has worked towards a Scotland where everyone, no matter where they live, or the circumstances they are born into, is given the chance to enjoy a happy, healthy life free from poverty or disadvantage.

We do not accept the status quo and we are committed for as long as it takes, whatever it takes, to build a better Scotland.

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Our Model

Philanthropic funding is added to Scottish Government and Trust and Foundation money

Philanthropic funding is added to Scottish Government and Trust and Foundation money

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£0m managed funding in 20/21

We believe in  long-term, flexible funding

We believe in long-term, flexible funding

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We provide tailored business development support and rigorously evaluate, to drive charities' ambition and long-term development goals

We provide tailored business development support and rigorously evaluate, to drive charities' ambition and long-term development goals

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0 professional volunteers able to support charities alongside our dedicated staff.

Portfolio charities become stronger, more efficient, more accountacble and better governed

Portfolio charities become stronger, more efficient, more accountacble and better governed

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The portfolio approach creates a collaborative network for sharing knowledge and experience

The portfolio approach creates a collaborative network for sharing knowledge and experience

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Charities raise more funding, increase their scale, and reach more and more young people for longer

Charities raise more funding, increase their scale, and reach more and more young people for longer

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0+ people supported across Scotland.

Delivering Impact

Driving change

We inspire people, communities, organisations and government to work together to drive social change and transform lives.

Read about the impact of our work across Scotland in our 2020/21 annual report.

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What we do

We design rigorous and innovative social solutions.

We identify and solve problems on a national scale, working together to get results.

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Thematic funds

Inspiring Scotland funds, designs and implements pioneering solutions addressing deep-rooted social problems.

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Specialist Volunteer Network

Our network of professional volunteers are a team of changemakers who offer their expertise to charities, helping them to build capacity and overcome problems.

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Collaborative working

We connect people, charities, organisations and volunteers to solve problems and bring about positive social change.

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New commitment to mentoring programme supporting children and young people living in kinship care arrangements.
13.04.2022

New commitment to mentoring programme supporting children and young people living in kinship care arrangements.

An award of £450,000 from The Robertson Trust will enable Inspiring Scotland to expand intandem, the national mentoring programme for children and young people looked after at home, to include 8-14 year olds living in kinship care arrangements across Scotland. intandem recognises that young people looked after while living at home can experience challenging circumstances.

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New Outdoor Community Play Fund Open
12.04.2022

New Outdoor Community Play Fund Open

The new Outdoor Community Play Fund was announced by Children’s Minister, Clare Haughey on Tuesday 12th April 2022.  This funding will support charities providing outdoor community play opportunities for children and families experiencing disadvantage, as defined by SIMD. Up to £15,000 can be applied for by registered Scottish charities meeting the criteria. Funded by Scottish Government,

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Social media top tips for the third sector
28.03.2022

Social media top tips for the third sector

  Social media can be a fantastic resource for charities in particular when communicating your cause and key messages. The world of communications has shifted quite dramatically over the last 2 years due to the pandemic and this is where the importance of social media comes in! We asked Amy part of Inspiring Scotland’s Communications

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We work with experts from the voluntary, public, private and academic sectors. Get in touch if you want to help us build a better Scotland.

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