Inspiring Scotland is a registered Scottish charity and one of the world’s largest venture philanthropy organisations. Our business model combines financial support for individual organisations, alongside tailored development support. This approach helps organisations to increase the scale and effectiveness of their activities and to build greater capacity and resilience.
Our vision is for every person in Scotland to enjoy a happy, healthy life free from poverty or disadvantage. We believe Scotland’s voluntary sector has a transformative effect on the lives of those who live in Scotland who otherwise may struggle due to life circumstances, poverty or other disadvantages. We are inspired daily by the commitment and drive shown by people working in the voluntary sector and the people they support. We are driven to be more effective, to listen to those we work with, to change and adapt to achieve greater impact. We believe in harnessing the power of all sectors and long-term funding to make lasting change in people’s lives.
Since its beginning in 2008, Inspiring Scotland has raised money from private individuals, trusts and foundations, as well as Scottish Government, and invested it in funds addressing specific themes, nurturing partnerships through shared goals and interests. We currently support over 500 charities across 18 social-impact funds as the fund owner or the delivery partner / fund manager. In 2022 – 2023, we managed over £42.6m of investment in charities and not-for profit organisations.
Our values drive all that we do:
- We are bold – We strive for a better Scotland
- We are knowledgeable – We work together and get results
- We are compassionate – We believe in opportunity for everyone
- We are effective – We change lives for the better
One of the main reasons for Inspiring Scotland’s success is its people, who have been attracted from roles across the private, public and third sectors by the opportunity to make a difference and work for an organisation that is forward thinking and people focused.
As an organisation, we believe that providing job satisfaction and a work-life balance for our staff is the right thing to do. This has been recognised through winning numerous industry awards including the Institute of Directors Award for Family Friendly and Flexible Working and Scotland and the UK’s most Family Friendly Third Sector Employer.
For more information, please visit: www.inspiringscotland.org.uk
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