New CCF strategy 2022 – 2025
In developing a new strategy, we have looked back on the significant challenges of the last few years, how the CCF has responded, and the impact this has had. The most significant developments have been our prioritisation and rapid response to COVID-19, utilising the Secondary Purpose to increase and widen our charitable impact, introducing new grants and services including our Wellbeing and Listening Service, and shifting much of our workshop engagement online.
Our community’s positive response and reaction to these changes have given us a strong sense of our community’s values and has given us a clear sense of direction for our future. We have seen the importance of having strategic frameworks and principles to work from, whilst being flexible and agile to refocus and adapt to rapidly changing community needs.
The new strategy for the Chemists’ Community Fund for 2022 – 2025 builds on all we have learnt. It draws on data and insights from the emerging needs of those approaching the CCF for support and the wider membership. It is also the result of discussions with past and current Chemists’ Community Fund Committee (CCFC) members, and input from our community and RSC colleagues.
Most importantly, the new CCF strategy was written against the backdrop of the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the rising cost of living. All of which will continue to affect our diverse and global community in different ways and to different degrees.
The strategy sets out our strategic mission for our Primary Purpose to:
- provide timely, relevant, and meaningful support to eligible beneficiaries – to minimise and prevent the impacts of hardship and poverty with a focus on holistic support and overall wellbeing.
And for as long as funds and resources allow our Secondary Purpose:
- to scale our support for the chemistry community, prioritising those in need where we can have most impact.
Our key Primary Purpose strategic aims are to maintain our agility of response, increasing CCF relevance to our community and continuing to raise awareness of the holistic and timely support available to individuals. These are our priorities. The agreed strategy to use additional funds via the Secondary Object enables us to make a difference to a wider group of people, helping those who face difficult circumstances to reach their potential in chemistry.
Putting our strategy in action, we undertook a review of our eligibility criteria and grant levels early in summer 2022, outside of our normal review cycle, to respond quickly to the rapidly increasing costs of living. As a result, more people immediately became eligible for support, and our grant levels were increased to ensure support remained meaningful.
Across all CCF initiatives we have continued to maximise the benefits of the CCF’s links to the RSC, particularly the in-depth expertise of the chemical science community and individual’s diverse needs.