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.


Innovating from the inside out: Insights from ActionAid

ActionAid sees innovation as a strategic imperative in its quest to change lives for the better. Judith Davey explains that to drive external innovations to the social issues faced by a charity’s beneficiaries, innovation must be adopted internally.

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Goals for good: SDGs for the UK charity sector

The UK charity sector is currently facing significant and persistent challenges. To overcome them, and to drive change, perhaps it needs some unifying, cross-sector goals. Vanilla’s Rachel Whale explores what the benefits of this would be.


Volunteering and the elderly exodus

Last week the National Trust announced the numbers of its retiree volunteers are dwindling because older people are ‘travelling around the world or doing the babysitting.’ How can charities offer more to their older volunteers?

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CC3—The bare essentials?

We respond to the publication of the Charity Commission’s revised guidance for trustees, The Essential Trustee or CC3, which explains what trustees need to do to carry out their duties competently. We welcome this more user friendly and interactive version, but feel it falls short when it comes to the need to measure and report on impact.

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