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.

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Education, enterprise, evidence (and the Eighteenth Century?)

Terms like ‘start-up’ and ‘social enterprise’ sound like brand new approaches to pervasive social issues. But, as he explains below, James Noble has found that the model is not quite as new as we might think. And like the social enterprises of old, modern ventures need a solid approach to understanding and improving the success of their work. Read about an ‘olde worlde’ approach to social impact, and our guide for today’s start-ups.

So how diverse is your charity’s board?

In the private sector, the move towards greater board diversity has been building for years now. And as a result, a compelling case has been made for how it can boost organisations’ performance. Reflecting on a recent NPC roundtable, Julia Oliver argues that the third sector needs to step up and follow suit. She offers some ideas as to why and how trustees should open themselves up to get different skills, insights and perspectives on board.

Where does the Autumn Statement leave the charity sector?

Today marked the first budget under a new Chancellor and Prime Minister, the first chance to see what the ‘just about managing’ agenda means in spending terms, and how the new Government will respond to the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote in June. What became clear very quickly was that the big story is a decrease in growth forecasts

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