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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 who they are, no matter where they live, or the circumstances they are born into, has 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 invested in Scotland’s third sector.

We commit to long-term, flexible funding for a portfolio of charities

We commit to long-term, flexible funding for a portfolio of charities

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0 years of funding possible.

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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ÂŁ0m in additional funding raised by our charities.

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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0 charities collaborating across 10 funds.

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

For a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage

Introducing Working Together, the 2019 Annual Review of our work. Read about the impact of our work across Scotland throughout the past year and our plans for 2019-2020, including our way of working, our model and our 10 social impact funds.

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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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New fund opens to support island communities
17.06.2021

New fund opens to support island communities

  Businesses and community groups located across Scotland’s inhabited islands are now able to apply for grants of up to ÂŁ150,000 through the new Island Communities Fund (ICF) for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net zero. The fund is backed by ÂŁ2 million of Scottish Government funding, which comes

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Specialist Volunteers support Interfaith Glasgow’s virtual governance training
15.06.2021

Specialist Volunteers support Interfaith Glasgow’s virtual governance training

To mark small charities week 2021, we’re speaking with Philip Mendelsohn, Chair at Interfaith Glasgow about how Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer Network has provided support. “Having engaged with Inspiring Scotland through their management of a grant programme, we noted in the very detailed introduction pack that they offered support through the network that seemed to

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Mentoring can build confidence and offer hope for a bright future
03.06.2021

Mentoring can build confidence and offer hope for a bright future

As part of the Volunteers’ Week 2021 celebrations, we interviewed intandem mentor Angela Jamieson to find out about her mentoring journey and the impact being a mentor has had on her life so far. Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m currently a performance advisor supporting 29 charities who provide services to Survivors

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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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