How to Become a Friendly Funder

How to Become a Friendly Funder

On 19th February 2019, Cynnal Cymru hosted a webinar entitled; Could you help Wales become a Living Wage Nation?

The purpose of the webinar was to introduce the Living Wage Friendly Funders Scheme – a scheme by which funders and commissioners can make public commitments to supporting the payment of the Living Wage across their funded projects.

The first ever report of Low Pay in the Charity Sector was published by the Living Wage Foundation last year. It found that 26.2% of people within the charity sector are paid less than the Living Wage – more than the average rate of 22% across other UK sectors. Within this, women, young people, part-time workers and BAME workers are disproportionately affected. The report suggests that the issue of low pay cannot be resolved without influencing the organisations that often have power over charities’ incomes – namely funders and commissioners. This is the main aim of the Living Wage Friendly Funders Accreditation scheme.

The webinar introduced the scheme and its aims, identified the necessary steps to accreditation and spoke about how Cynnal Cymru and the Living Wage Foundation can be at hand to help during every stage of the process.

There is also additional support available for Cardiff –based organisations looking to accredit if they do so before March 31st 2019. This support is in the form of three years’ worth of accreditation fees reimbursed by Cardiff Council to aid their ambition of becoming a Living Wage City. You can find more information about the scheme here.

You can also listen to the webinar in full