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Turn2us Grants Evaluation

In order to continually improve how they help people, leading researcher nfpSyngery evaluated Turn2us’s direct grant-giving services. The final report was a huge endorsement of the funds’ impact, reinforcing key elements that make Turn2us stand out in the charity sector.

They looked at the impact of the Elizabeth Finn Fund and the Turn2us Response Fund, and their key findings included:

  • That Turn2us cash grants are hugely valued - giving people the flexibility of how to spend them and the dignity of control during a difficult time
  • That the emotional impact of receiving a grant can be just as important as the grant itself
  • That while the impact of a grant is typically short term, very often it coincides with no further negative decline in people’ ‘poverty journey’

The report also highlighted the vital role that friends, family and frontline agencies play in helping people access grants, reinforcing the need to continue to work alongside frontline agencies to refer people for help.

Based on the research findings and recommendations the charity has developed an action plan. In the coming six to 12 months, Turn2us will:

  • Continue what we do well – give cash grants and ensure high standards
  • Explore and test how we can extend our support beyond grant giving
  • Put in place a framework to better capture the impact of our work
  • Improve our communication with people we provide help to, plus frontline agencies
  • Build and strengthen partnerships, current and new.

Read the report - Turn2us - Grants Evaluation