This study documents how funders integrate safeguarding into the grant-making cycle: from assessing applications, to monitoring safeguarding and responding to safeguarding concerns reported by grantees. Recognizing funders as charitable institutions in their own right, this study also considers how safeguarding practices have been implemented within funder institutions in order to create a safe environment for staff and others connected with their work. Finally, it identifies opportunities for collaboration and greater alignment between funders to inform the work of the Funder Safeguarding Collaborative, contributing to the Collaborative’s vision of a world where organizational cultures and practices keep people safe from harm.
To date, there have been very few empirical studies examining the role of funders. This study begins to address this gap by highlighting some of the challenges inherent in funders’ approaches to safeguarding and then offering concrete recommendations to help funders make a positive contribution to keeping people safe.