Helen Mathie

London Funders

Helen Mathie is Director of Collaboration (local) at London Funders, where she leads collaborations with funders, civil society groups and other partners at a local level. She also oversees London’s Giving, a network of place based giving schemes, which bring together local people, businesses and organisations to build a better borough for everyone. Helen joined London Funders in November 2020 after various roles in the voluntary and community sector. She started out her career in local community development, supporting collaborations with local partners to deliver adult learning programmes. She since spent over fifteen years in the homelessness sector, most recently working at Homeless Link, the membership charity for the homelessness sector, where she led their policy, research and communications teams. Helen is Chair of the New Cross Gate Trust, a small community development charity local to where she lives in South East London.

11:30 - 12:10

Tuesday 11 May

What is the value of local place-based giving?

The local, place-based giving movement is growing. London’s Giving works with place-based giving schemes across the Capital, and believe there is something unique about the value they bring to communities. They’ve looked at what data best demonstrates this value: over the past three years, schemes have raised nearly £10m, over £550,000 of in-kind income, and over £1m in volunteer time. But it can be harder to measure their contribution to 'place' beyond financial metrics, particularly the value of the trust and relationships they bring. They reflect on using data and metrics to measure and demonstrate value; talk about what’s worked and the obstacles with using data; and showcase examples from London’s Giving network.