On 11th July, WCIT Trustees Anthony, Kerri and Gary attended a planning session in Westminster for a significant initiative in UK charities funding called “The Catalyst”. Coordinated by CAST and supported by DCMS, the initiative seeks to bring major funders together, better to understand the “digital” needs of the charity sector. Funders included Big National Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and City Bridge Trust.
The session was addressed by Margot James, Minister DCMS amongst others. The purpose was to take input from the sector at large about what shape the Catalyst initiative might take. Our impression was that the meeting was the first of several and that the discussions were fairly high-level. We will keep a watching brief on this significant grouping to look for opportunities for WCIT Charity to engage or partner.