Archive for tag: Impact

Health Inequalities - time to recognise we're talking about people

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Last week, Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee released its interim report on health inequalities in Scotland.  Andrew Magowan welcomes this report and suggests people and communities must be a central part to the response.  

To emphasise the significance of the problem, the report starts by highlighting that a boy born today in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, can expect to live until he is 82. Yet for a boy born only eight miles away in Calton, east end of Glasgow, life expectancy may be as low as 54 years – a difference of almost half as long again as his whole life.

How droochit folk could influence public sector investment


Andrew Magaowan, shares how our Link Up fund is helping to break down barriers between old and young in communites and outlines the potential for a new type of community to improve lives.  This blog was first published in the Scotsman newspaper on 28th August 2014.  

The serious business of play.


Earlier this month we welcomed seven new ventures to our Go2Play Portfolio, bringing the total charities we support to 30.  We’ve been funding play charities for over four years now and Go2Play Performance Advisor, Julia Abel explains  just why we invest in Play.

Marking five years of impact

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Five years into our journey of using venture philanthropy to tackle some of Scotland's toughest issues, Chief Executive Celia Tennant, reflects on what we've done and more importantly, what else we can do.  

Equally Well Review 2013

The need for a renewed focus on the development of social capital to tackle health inequalities in Scotland was recognised in a new Scottish Government report published today, 13 March 2014, equally well review 2013.  

We were delighted the Taskforce also chose to include a short case study on Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up programme as an example of best practice in this area.  Here's our short reflection on why Link Up is in the report.  

The Practices, Impact and Implications of Inspiring Scotland’s First Five Years.

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On Wednesday 11th December, Gates Scholar, Noah J. Isserman, at the University of Cambridge published an Independent Research Report on the Practices, Impact and Implications of Inspiring Scotland’s First Five Years.

This report is one of very few studies to examine, in depth, the practices and methods employed by a venture philanthropy fund and has become one of the largest pieces of research into venture philanthropy of its kind.  In this blog, Noah Isserman reflects on the research, the findings and implications.