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.


Well-being in Northern Ireland

Significant challenges to the well-being of communities in Northern Ireland include highly complex issues, such as public unrest , significant variations in educational attainment, and high suicide rates. Responsibility for tackling these diverse and deeply-rooted challenges resides, as you might expect, with different government departments.

Ok to be a copycat

It’s ok to be a copycat

I’ve spent time over the past year talking to commissioners for our report on public sector commissioning for the arts and cultural sector. I was struck by their frustration with organisations focused on selling the merits of their unique approach, rather than building on those which have worked elsewhere. Interventions need to be carefully adapted, yes, but surely the default should be to begin with what’s proven to be effective?

Exams and employment

Exams & employment

New data shows 868,000 16 to 24 year olds are still out of work. The overall unemployment rate has fallen and growth is up, but real wages have diminished and prospects are deteriorating for poorly qualified young people. It’s a mixed picture that plays to both sides of the political argument. But what does it mean for students receiving their A level results today?

Fame won't save the world

Fame won’t save the world

There’s nothing a charity loves more than a celebrity. But judging from evidence revealed in last Friday’s Independent, this should leave the rest of us a bit bewildered. Beyond seeing a famous face looking serious on the telly, new research suggests that we swiftly forget who fronts which good cause.

Centre for ageing better

Grasping the ageing nettle

As inventor Thomas Edison once wrote, ‘We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything’. Hypotheses about our universe and everything in it are written and over-written continuously. We have only scratched the surface of the store of knowledge that will come to us. And yet one thing we know beyond any doubt is that our society is ageing.

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