The latest stories from Inspiring Scotland and our partner charities.
We are pleased to share our Annual Report 22/23 providing an overview of the work undertaken to deliver on our strategic priorities and mission to improve the lives of people across Scotland.
We supported over 700 organisations across 16 funding programmes worth over £50m. As well as new funding opportunities being created, nine of our programmes have provided vital long term funding to organisations, offering five years or more of investment.
Through each of these programmes we bring vital financial support combined with a package of additional support which starts with our team and extends to a whole range of professional expertise delivered through our Specialist Volunteer Network. These additional benefits, which are central to Inspiring Scotland’s approach, bring an array of skills, experience and knowledge to our charity partners, strengthening governance for example, through training and recruitment of board members. The sector tells us that this wrap around support is needed now more than ever.
In such challenging times, the need for partnership to increase the impact and effectiveness of all we do at Inspiring Scotland has never been greater. We are committed to working with others, shining a light on success and sharing evidence of what works, so that together we can make a real difference and improve lives.
Celia Tennant, Inspiring Scotland Chief Executive said, “In such challenging times, the need for partnership to increase the impact and effectiveness of all we do at Inspiring Scotland has never been greater.
“This year we have focused on the work we do which truly adds value and we have challenged ourselves to be the best partner we can be. This has included using our knowledge and experience to lead and create cross sector solutions, sharing evidence of impact, demonstrating value for money, and most importantly remaining focused on creating social impact – so more lives can be changed for the better.
“The operating environment has been unprecedented for Scotland’s third sector and presents real issues for people and families across Scotland. At Inspiring Scotland we remain resolute in tackling these issues and in doing so we aim to be useful and truthful, and not least, hopeful.
“Despite the challenges, we draw inspiration and energy from all of our partners, from those who generously fund us, who support us in other ways, and from our charity partners whose unwavering dedication gives hope to many, and shows that solutions are possible.”
Read the Annual Report here.
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