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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.

Lessons from GOT

Lessons from Game of Thrones

Epic drama Game of Thrones returned to our television screens last week amid excited reports that this season promises to be sexier, bloodier and more gripping than ever. Cecilie explores why this seething world of cut-throat kings has a lot to teach our modern philanthropists.

Measurement camp

Measurement camp

Done well, monitoring and evaluation can provide useful insights into what is working and what is not and inform management decisions about how to divide up valuable resources. But done poorly, you risk producing large amounts of questionable data, spending hours analysing it, only to find you cannot draw any meaningful conclusions. If you want to be in the former camp, you might want to come along to our June conference, How to measure outcomes: practical tips and tools.

Story-centred learning

Story-centred learning

Thousands of scientists have rigorously studied the causes and risk factors in heart disease over the last half century, but a single longitudinal experiment has revealed more than any other approach. So why aren’t we in the philanthropy world copying this approach—observing what’s out there and looking for patterns over time?

Upgrade

Upgrade or become obsolete?

Not long ago, describing a world where you could order groceries, purchase clothes and even find a life partner through a computer would seem the work of sci-fi. Instead, it is a reality and not one that everyone has readily embraced. It was recently reported that an 89 year old British woman of reasonable health had chosen to end her life at Dignitas in Switzerland. Her reasoning? She had quite simply had enough of modern life.

Letter from America

Letter from America

My colleagues and I have recently returned from a whirlwind programme of seminars and meetings in Washington D.C ., New York to San Francisco. Our subject: are we doing enough to create lasting social change by focusing on impact? We explored this difficult question with some of the leading lights of the impact movement in the US, sharing our research on charities and funders, and learning from the experience of others.

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