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What we do

For a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage

We transform vital charities. We empower visionary leaders. We shape public policies. We believe in opportunity for everyone. 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

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

Read about the impact of our work across Scotland throughout  2020/2021  in our latest 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

We build networks of people, charities and organisations, and fund, design and implement pioneering solutions address Scotland’s deep-rooted social problems.

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Specialist Volunteer Network

Our network of professional volunteers lends vital expert assistance to Scotland’s charities, helping them to build capacity and overcome problems.

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Collaborative working

We solve problems. With our experience, we can help identify social issues, improve practice and maximise impact for charities and organisations.

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Thrive Outdoors Blog Series: Sharing learning from the Wee Garden
21.01.2022

Thrive Outdoors Blog Series: Sharing learning from the Wee Garden

This month for the fifth instalment of our Botanics Blog series we hear from Caroline Walsh an Early Years Outdoor Learning Officer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Caroline shares her experience of the project so far and the key learnings along the way! I came into this exciting research project full of ideas. I had a vision

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Promoting healthy and resilient island communities
06.01.2022

Promoting healthy and resilient island communities

People living on Scottish islands will benefit from community-led wellness initiatives designed to support them to live healthier lifestyles as funding has now been allocated for the Scottish Government’s Healthy Islands Fund. The Healthy Islands Fund will help to deliver these initiatives with just over £1.3 million of Scottish Government funding from the wider £30

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Thrive Outdoors blog series: researching the magic of the Botanics’ Wee Garden
17.12.2021

Thrive Outdoors blog series: researching the magic of the Botanics’ Wee Garden

This month for the fourth instalment of our Botanics Blog we spoke with Selvarani Selvaraja, a medical doctor from Malaysia, currently pursuing MSc Education (Early Childhood and Froebel) at The University of Edinburgh. Selvarani has been involved in this project as part of the research team, led by Dr. Lynn McNair, Head of Cowgate Under Fives Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Lecturer in

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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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