In recent years the organisations supported by the Northern Rock Foundation have faced considerable challenges resulting from economic strain scross the UK. At the same time, the funds available to The Foundation have reduced.
In 2011, The Foundation developed a new strategy designed to reflect these changes and maximise the impact of its funding on the organisations it works with, the disadvantaged gropus they support and the third sector more widely. As well as funding practical projects to address disadvantage, the new strategy had a strong organisational development focus, aimed at building the resilience of organisations in the third sector and strengthening their capactiy to respond to changes in the operating environment. This focused approach, combined with reduced resources, necessarily involved supporting fewer organisations but in a more intensive way.