Long time Tech for Good Funders
Comic Relief and PHF are two of the UK’s largest grant makers.
After two successful co-funded rounds of the Tech for Good programme, Comic Relief and PHF extended their commitment to the programme until 2021, with total funding of £2.4 million. The first UK Tech for Good funding programme of this 3-year partnership opened in February 2019, and supported 8 not for profits to develop digital services.
Penny Yewers leads on and oversees Comic Relief’s social tech strategy, while Dalia Abu Yassien leads on the day to day fund delivery for the Tech for Good and Tech vs Abuse programmes. They work closely with Jake Leeper from PHF, ensuring the Tech for Good fund remains effective for those it serves.
Maya Sethi oversees the programme evaluation. She’s Comic Relief’s Evaluation & Learning Lead and works with Andy Curtis, PHF’s Research and Evaluation Manager, to use the programme’s learning to help both funders make tech grants.
The Support Acts
The programme uses CAST (Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology) to support funded projects on their Tech for Good journey. You’ll see Dan Sutch and other members of the team appear on the blog.
Each funded organisation gets an expert digital mentor from CAST. CAST also coordinate more specific support from other agencies for grantees in response to more specialised needs organisations have. They work with Snook, who support organisations with best practice around user research and product design, Founders and Coders who are a digital development training agency focusing on peer support and capacity building, as well as Dot Everyone who drive organisations to think about responsible tech development.
IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Reserch) are running Tech for Good 2019’s programme evaluation.
Its worth checking out Tech for Good 2017’s theory of change developed by InFocus, if you want to see how it all joins together.
Joe Roberson is the programme’s content producer and responsible for making sure this website delivers on its mission: to help people and their organisations get ready to seek funding and funders feel more confident about funding tech for good project.
About Comic Relief
Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.
About Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.
PHF’s mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. One of the ways they do this is as a tech for good funder with Comic Relief.