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.


The public’s changing expectations of charities

Public reaction to the Libor fund scandal—and to other charity exposés that have hit the headlines recently—reflect the fact that expectations of charities are higher than ever. Here we outline four trends that are shaping public perceptions of what it is to be a good charity.

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Igniting bold action in the charity sector

This week, leaders from the charity sector and beyond gathered for our 6th annual conference NPC Ignites. The day was designed to help attendees take a step back from their day-to-day work, keep pace with change + plug into new ideas and thinking. Patrick Murray talks through some of the day’s insights.


A foothold on the uphill struggle towards measuring impact

There are many obstacles to measuring impact, and at NPC we work hard to help charities overcome them. Here, James Noble talks through a recent review of one solution—the Justice Data Lab at the Ministry of Justice—explaining why we think the model shows real promise for helping us reach the impact summit.

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A view from the 2016 party conferences

Returning from fringe events at the Labour and Conservative party conferences, Dan Corry explains where the two leading parties are at, and how they and the charity sector are (and should be) relating to one another.

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Collaboration—friend or foe?

Collaboration has two definitions in the dictionary. It can either be the action of working with others to produce something, or it is traitorous cooperation with the enemy. Here, Christine Scullion, who works for Scotland’s largest independent funder, talks through her experiences of working collaboratively. She argues that, while working with others doesn’t come without it’s challenges, it’s worth the effort.

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