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Fundraising and Partnerships Policy

Sept 2021

This policy applies to partnerships and all sources of fundraising including grants, cash, earned income, donations in kind, shares, legacies, pro bono work, and sponsorship.

Glitch’s Trustees and staff believe that decisions about partnerships and fundraising should be made in the best interests of the organisation, assessed on a case by case basis, and not be influenced by trustees’ and staff’s individual views which are unrelated to Glitch’s interests. Glitch will, in principle, accept funding from both public and private sources. However, Glitch recognises that receipt of funding from certain sources and partnerships may be more likely to impact upon Glitch’s organisational mission and reputation, and thus undertakes to give serious consideration to all potential fundraising and partnership opportunities. 

Glitch is a feminist and values-led organisation, which seeks to embed equity, inclusivity and intersectionality throughout all of its work and operations. 

Our Vision 

Our vision is for an online space which  is a safe and inclusive arena for all digital citizens to participate. Our online community is as important as our offline one, which is why people, institutions and businesses need to play their part in creating a safe online world. Everyone should feel confident and equipped to engage in online and offline spaces – particularly those disproportionately affected by discrimination, including women and girls. 

Our Mission

To awaken a generation of digital citizens equipped to create and demand safe online spaces for all.

Our Values

  • Collaborative: We’re building an active community to help us achieve our goals. We can’t do it alone, we need consensus
  • Dynamic: The needs of the digital community are constantly evolving.  We have to stay ahead of the curve
  • Trusted: We’re specialists within our field. We’re a trusted source of information and expertise
  • Self care: We understand that we have to take care of our own wellbeing first. We prioritise our own wellbeing so we can help others effectively
  • Brave: As an independent charity we’re not afraid to go against the grain or to challenge institutions, agencies and big business
  • Empowering: We equip people with the tools to have greater agency over their online usage
  • Inclusive:  We have a human rights and justice framework for our work. We strongly believe online abuse and effective solutions to systemic issues need to be seen through an intersectional lens
  • Progressive: While helping to build the future we all deserve, it’s important to have a reflective and reflexive approach to our operations and delivery as a charity

Our charitable purposes

Glitch’s Constitution specifies that our charitable purposes are:

  1. To advance education in matters relating to the prevention of online abuse through the provision of training, workshops and other resources, and
  2. To advance the preservation and protection of good mental health through raising awareness, providing information and resources and making recommendations to providers on the scope of online abuse and its negative impact on individuals and society.

Guiding principles for partnerships and fundraising

Glitch pursues opportunities to work in partnership with individuals and organisations where it is in fulfillment of Glitch’s mission and in line with its values. Glitch also pursues fundraising opportunities in order to ensure the organisation’s sustainability and to successfully deliver against its mission, in line with its values. 

All partnerships and fundraising opportunities will be assessed on a case by case basis against Glitch’s mission and values outlined above. Glitch will not pursue partnerships or fundraising opportunities which conflict with the organisation’s mission or values, or undermine our independence. A partnership or fundraising opportunity with an individual or organisation might conflict with Glitch’s mission or values if:

  • The individual or organisation promotes online abuse, or espouses ideas or practices which run counter to Glitch’s values, and seeks affiliation with Glitch as cover or excuse;
  • The individual or organisation would require Glitch to change its position or would seek to censor Glitch’s advocacy or campaigns. 

Glitch’s reputation for independence, credibility and integrity

Glitch will not pursue partnerships or fundraising opportunities which might otherwise undermine Glitch’s ability to successfully pursue its mission, including by impairing Glitch’s reputation. A partnership, earned income or fundraising opportunity with an individual or organisation might impair Glitch’s reputation if public affiliation with the individual or organisation would call into question Glitch’s independence, credibility or integrity.

In order to avoid any conflicts of interests or risks to reputation, Glitch will always:

  • Be clear that the organisation will not and never provide a warranty that the deliverables of a partnership or grant/donation will not l  containingany material that may be disadvantageous to the partner or funder’s business or area of work.
  • Ensure that the terms of engagement for partnerships, types of partnerships (see below), and the terms of funding are always clear at the outset and are transparent. 
  • Retain full editorial control over any and all outputs.
  • Be transparent about partnerships and sources of funds with other organisations and expect the same approach from partners and funders.
  • Require that Glitch is consulted whenever and wherever Glitch’s name is used by a partner or funder, for both internal and external communications. 
  • Protect Glitch’s logo and not permit it to be used without prior written permission from Glitch. 
  • Ensure that any press releases or other communications about a partnership or fundraising opportunity be subject to Glitch’s approval. 

Human rights alignment

Glitch does not accept partnerships with or funds from individuals or organisations that have an association with the following subjects:

  • Tobacco
  • Oil
  • Arms trading
  • Terrorism
  • Modern slavery