Read our 2020-21 Impact Report

Results After 5 Years


Grants made


Applications processed




Hours of skills support


Average grant size (not including 2020 Covid-19 response grants)


Average grantee score against targets

All grants made by The Fore

A fully-searchable spreadsheet of all grants made by The Fore is available here. The Fore is launching a full grantee search function here on its website in 2022.

Basis of Our Approach

The Fore’s method for supporting small organisations is based on a pilot run from 2012-2016 by The Bulldog Trust (The Fore’s umbrella organisation). In October 2019, we measured the performance of our pilot grantees against an algorithmically-generated control group of 600+ similar charities (in terms of sector, income, scale, location and age):

The results were stunning. Not only were the pilot grantees growing faster than the control group prior to the grant (showing that our assessment process selects high-potential organisations), but in the years after receiving our grants this rate of growth more than doubled (to 29.4% per year), while the control group plateaued. Further investigation revealed that only 20% of this new income growth could be accounted for by our funding entering grantee accounts, meaning that 80% was coming from new revenue sources. This suggests that grantees are successfully using our funding to unlock new revenue streams.

You can read the full report here, and the data on which it is based here.

‘A Kitemark for the Overlooked’ – 360giving data demonstrates the effectiveness of The Fore’s approach

In 2021 The Fore wanted to investigate the ability of the charities and social enterprises it was funding, to secure funding from other grant-makers.  Using data the results show that our grantees, who have all received unrestricted funding and skills support, have a grant income growth rate 6 times higher than that of unsuccessful applicants.

Download ‘A Kitemark for the Overlooked’ (July 2021)

The Fore is committed to measuring its impact and sharing its results.

Underpinning our impact management approach are two key objectives:

1. To demonstrate that rigorous impact measurement is possible even when making unrestricted grants to a diverse portfolio of organisations, and
2. To ensure that our reporting procedures are never burdensome for our grantees, who are highly resource constrained.

To achieve these goals, we are committed to an innovative and data-driven approach, and to gathering all information from our grantees through open and honest discussions.

Case Studies

All Reports

Annual Impact Reports

The Fore meets with its grantees every year to discuss their progress against targets and find out how their organisation is developing. We collated the findings from these discussions into an annual impact report. These reports not only show the impact of our funding, but are also honest reflections on the real challenges that small charities and social enterprises face.

Download The Fore’s second impact report (2020)

Download The Fore’s first impact report (2019)

It’s Not Just About The Money

The Fore has demonstrated that its grantees grow faster than non grantees. To better understand what is driving this outperformance, we took a deeper dive into our grantees’ experience of our venture philanthropy model, in particular the non-financial support on offer. This report draws on the feedback of 81 anonymous Fore grantees from
Spring 2022.

Download It’s Not Just About The Money (2022)


The Fore is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants.

Using the 360 Giving data standard, our awarded grants are available as an excel file here. The grants made during The Bulldog Trust’s Pilot programme, from 2012-2016, are available here.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to The Fore.

We believe that with better information, grant-makers can be more effective and strategic decision makers. 360Giving provides support for grant-makers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant making more effective. For more information, visit