Philanthropy & Government Partnerships

The Social Change Initiative’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of activism for progressive social change, particularly in divided societies and to influence the way this work is funded and supported. As part of its work on how social change is funded it will produce, on this page, regular reports that draw out the learning and lessons from a strategic partnership between The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Northern Ireland government. Philanthropy sometimes seeks to use partnerships with government to create sustainable policy and practice change.

Reports by SCI will provide a real-life case study on the insights and impact from this five year Atlantic/NI government partnership that may be of wider interest to philanthropy, governments and others. In particular the reports will explore the potential to secure mainstream social policy change and transform the commissioning, design and delivery of services to tackle inequality, conflict and community division.

The Atlantic/NI government partnership supports three initiatives on:

  • sharing and collaboration in schools to increase achievement and break down community barriers,
  • prevention and early intervention approaches to improve outcomes for children
  • improving services for people with dementia.

The partnership involves a total investment of £64m with  60% of the funds coming from government and 40% from Atlantic.

Download the Papers