Head of the Funders’ Collaborative Hub appointed

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) is delighted to announce that the first Head of the Funders’ Collaborative Hub has been appointed, to lead the Hub’s work throughout 2021.

Jim Cooke has started in this new role today. His appointment follows a three-month development phase since the Hub’s launch in November 2020.

Jim has worked closely with grant-makers to deliver social change for more than 15 years. Most recently, as Head of the Co-op Foundation, he led the Co-op’s charity through a period of renewal that put partnership working at the heart of the organisation’s strategy.

He has contributed to designing and delivering collaborative funding programmes in the fields of youth, community development and social enterprise support.

On joining the team, Jim said:

“Funders can achieve so much when they work together. I’m excited to join ACF and take forward the next phase of the Funders’ Collaborative Hub, building on the great work started in 2020. I look forward to helping more grant-makers connect with each other’s work and make the most effective use of their resources, as they respond to the huge social challenges resulting from Covid-19.”

Jim can be reached at Jim@acf.org.uk


About the Funders’ Collaborative Hub

The Hub offers increased understanding, closer alignment, and opportunities for funder collaborations in response to Covid-19

It aims to enhance the effectiveness of individual and joint responses by funders and philanthropists to maximise the impact of their resources to benefit civil society and communities. It is hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundations, and involves a coalition of funders and civil society organisations from across the UK.

How can the Hub help you?

Through a regular programme of eventsresources and a growing directory of funder collaborations responding to Covid-19, the Hub can help funders and philanthropists answer four key questions:

  • What collaborations are happening already in response to Covid-19?
  • Who else is involved or is interested in a collaboration focused on an area of importance to us?
  • How can our funding best help?
  • Where are the emerging needs and gaps?

In addition to the resources on this platform, the Hub actively brings together existing collaborations, funders and philanthropists with new ideas, and civil society organisations. You can find out more in the News and Events sections.

Who is involved in running the Hub?

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) hosts a small staff team that delivers day to day work, with support from a project group comprised of funder representatives that has met since May 2020 (a list of members of this group is here). A Strategy Group helps guide the Hub's direction of travel, and is comprised of representatives from the foundation and philanthropic sector and civil society organisations (a list of members is here, along with its terms of reference).