NPC’s blog features opinion, news and debate around key issues affecting charities and funders. As well as posts by our own expert team, we feature guest bloggers from across the voluntary sector: from front-line charities to philanthropy advisors, grant-makers to government commissioners.

Read our take on the sector’s important questions, join in the discussion and share your views.


Time to reshuffle your philanthropy?

David Cameron’s long anticipated cabinet reshuffle has taken shape. He is evidently trying to refresh the party’s image by replacing old hands with newer faces, in what is traditionally seen as an opportunity to remove poor performers and promote fresh thinking. So is there anything that funders can learn from this?

Show me the money

Show me the money: giving grants to individuals

When I think of charities, I think of the complex organisations that many have become—providing advice and services or mounting campaigns to influence public opinion and policy. Giving people money (charity in its simplest form) isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. And yet personal grants are still an important option for people in need and there are lot of organisations that still provide them.

Kate van der plank blog

Creating a business case for social responsibility

Charitable giving across the corporate sector, according to the London Benchmarking Group model used by 73 businesses, was £391m last year—a phenomenal funding stream. Of all charity sector supporters, corporates are arguably the most transparent in their motives. One of their primary goals is to make a profit, so they’re pretty open about wanting to get something out of what they put in.

Say hello, wave goodbye

Say hello, wave goodbye

It’s reshuffle time. The revolving door has swung round once more—and this time a new Charity Minister has emerged. Welcome to Brooks Newmark MP. But first a note about the man going in the opposite direction, Nick Hurd, who stepped down from his ministerial role last night.

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