BD Giving Notes #51 – Counting the Days

Instead of enforcing rigid hour-monitoring systems, we prioritise trusting our colleagues to maintain professionalism and deliver their finest work. Géraud de Ville​ With the first Note of 2024, our CEO looks back on one of the most radical changes BD Giving adopted last year, the 4-Day Week. Serving as a companion piece to Jack and […]

BD Giving Notes #48 – “Diligently doing”

The transformation that is needed in funding relationships goes beyond bureaucratic adjustments. It calls for a genuine shift in mindset Géraud de Ville Following a series of conversations and experiences he had over summer, the first Note of November sees our CEO Géraud de Ville talk us through the gruelling cycle of due diligence. Ahead of an important meeting about […]

BD Giving Notes #41 – “Leadership and Self-care‘’

I’m incredibly grateful for this discovery. It has allowed me to see certain patterns in a new light, become more attuned to my own emotions, and modify some of my behaviours accordingly. Géraud de Ville de Goyet In this Note, Géraud de Ville de Goyet writes about empathic leadership and the need for self-care. I […]

Barking & Dagenham Businesses set to GROW

A flagship new fund exclusively for businesses and not-for-profits has been launched in Barking and Dagenham. The fund includes a £25,000 grant, a FREE seven-month accelerator programme, and the chance to apply for further investment from some of London’s top social investors. The idea for the Fund came from a community steering group, mostly local […]

BD Giving Notes #34 – ‘’Democratising Finance‘’

With new players moving in and supporting local communities, it will be important not to repeat past errors. People must have a say over what happens where they live. That’s why we strongly believe that those most affected by funding decisions should be the ones in charge of making them. Géraud de Ville de Goyet […]

BD Giving Notes #29 – ‘The trouble with funding (Part 2)’

In the education system, students are able to apply to dozens of colleges and universities using one application form. Could a similar system help small UK charities unlock multiple funding opportunities? Géraud de Ville de Goyet This is the second of a three-part series about the impact of the cost of living crisis on the […]

BD Giving Notes – #21 ‘A Reality Check’

The question is, do we need to consider ‘professionalising’ our Board or our Community Steering Group to access more of the impact investing market?…. Our challenge ahead is in managing this tension and achieving a fine balance between the two.  Géraud de Ville de Goyet Last week a colleague and I had an enlightening meeting […]

BD Giving Notes – #17 ‘Building A Digital Platform For Community Engagement’

For any organisation that wants to connect with people, online engagement is both important and a potential strain on money and resources…. People being so central to our work, our aim has always been to favour in-person participation when we can. We feel that face-to-face interaction is most suited to building relationships, confidence and collaboration. […]

BD Giving Notes – #12 ‘Walking into the future backwards’

The question of how we fund the transition while having due regard to the need for healing and reparation to the communities that have been at the sharp end of inequality and exploitation is undoubtedly the most important challenge facing philanthropy today. Géraud de Ville de Goyet It’s been a few weeks since I wrote […]

BD Giving Note – #11 ‘The value in the process’

How do you determine whether a participatory funding intervention has value? This is a question that participatory grant makers are used to be asked, and one that I have already touched upon in this BDG Note #2 on evaluation. It is a question that is important to unpack because sometimes it is the consequence of […]