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.

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Innovations in philanthropy: collaboration

For the second blog of the series, I want to highlight another incredibly important trend that shone through our research—collaboration. It’s not new, but it is growing and evolving. Dasra Giving Circles are a good example of the way in which ideas are being replicated across the world and adapted to local contexts.

Reviewing & improving your strategy training

Interview with charity experts: what is strategy?

We recently added a day-long session on Reviewing and improving your strategy to our training events programme. Here we break into the psyche of two our most experienced consultants in this area, Iona Joy and Abigail Rotheroe, to help you consider if it might be right for you.

Impact reporting

Basic questions an impact report should answer

Someone I know recently read a charity’s impact report and set up a regular donation as a result. She said the fact that the charity reflected on its shortcomings, and made plans to address them, played a major part in her decision. Asking a few basic questions before writing your impact report will help you establish how and what to communicate.

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Unanswered questions

In most sectors, impact measurement is regarded as standard practice, with most recognising that charities need to understand whether what we do results in change for the better. However, despite how far we have come, impact measurement isn’t delivering all the benefits that we would want.

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Innovations in philanthropy: open data

Our latest report, 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, highlights trends and innovations that have the potential to really change philanthropy. It has been well received and to spread the word further this is the first in a series of three blogs highlighting some of our favourites.

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