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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.

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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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An open letter to young people
09.08.2022

An open letter to young people

Chief Executive, Celia Tennant joins Scotland’s business leaders in an open letter to young people recognising the challenges of the last two years and our commitment to their future. We wanted to write to you in our role as Scotland‚Äôs business leaders and on behalf of our networks of thousands of Scottish employers to reassure

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Individual one-to-one sessions to boost your fundraising
04.08.2022

Individual one-to-one sessions to boost your fundraising

Small organisations working in rural and island communities play a key role in delivering local needs and priorities, but it can be hard work, and fundraising can feel like it’s never off the to-do list of volunteers, boards, and staff.  This summer, Inspiring Scotland is hosting a series of online training sessions and 30-minute individual

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Free training to support rural and island community organisations 
13.07.2022

Free training to support rural and island community organisations 

Grassroots community organisations play a central role in leading and creating vibrant rural places in Scotland. But we know that new or small-scale organisations can find it overwhelming to raise funds to deliver projects, build relationships with the right people, and strengthen an organisation from within.  Great ideas start locally, which is why we’ve launched

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Contact us

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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