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24 July 2012
The national disability charity, United Response, has been nominated to participate in a new innovative giving programme run by Nesta and funded by the Cabinet Office.
The Open Innovation Programme is an initiative of the Innovation in Giving Fund launched last September. It will bring together 28 charities with a national reach to share fundraising knowledge and best practice, and to create and develop new fundraising approaches to engage more people in giving.
Over the next three months, the charities will receive coaching and peer support to develop their innovative concepts before being invited to submit proposals to take the ideas to scale and to receive funding support. Successful applicants will then be selected later this year to receive a share of £1.5m funding from the Innovation in Giving Fund, as well as non-financial support, to implement their ideas.
Diane Lightfoot, United Response's Director of Fundraising and Communication, said:
"The Open Innovation programme is an exciting new opportunity for charities to meet the common challenges presented by the current economic climate together and United Response is delighted to part of the process.
"As a top 100 national charity with more than 250 services across the country, we have the credibility, experience and networks to ensure that innovation is disseminated as widely as possible, and has a truly national impact.
"We are very much looking forward to meeting our partners and taking forward some exciting new ideas."
Helen Goulden, from Nesta, said:
"The Open Innovation programme sets its sights firmly on working with charities who have identified big challenges they want to work on to increase giving. The charities that have been selected into the programme have demonstrated a real appetite and ambition to work with people and ideas from outside the sector to develop high-impact solutions and take great innovations in giving to scale."