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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Launch of new advisory service for HNW donors in the US

We are delighted to see this week’s launch of a new advisory service in the US for high net worth donors (with more than $1m of philanthropic assets) – Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. What particularly interests us is their tie up with some of the leading providers of donor-advised funds – Schwab, Fidelity and others to “provide robust, institutional quality back

Judging a charity on what they actually achieve

I like an analogy that Elizabeth Pisani used in her excellent book, The Wisdom of Whores, about HIV/AIDS and the role of NGOs and the UN (among others) in tackling the epidemic. She makes the point that NGOs in this field are judged on whether they did what they said they’d do, rather than what difference they made. That approach,

Reclaiming the concept of public benefit

At the heart of what it means to be a charity in the UK is the concept of ‘public benefit’. It is what sets us apart from other organisations, and it is the other side of the bargain that provides us with the advantages of tax breaks and high levels of public trust. Public benefit has always been a rather

The tricky business of reserves and investments

If the last year has taught us anything about running charities then it is the importance of leaving some money aside for a rainy day. Because over the last year it hasn’t just been raining, it has been pouring. When NPC looks for well-managed, high-performing charities then, generally speaking, we expect to find some money kept in reserve. Reserves mean

Scrutiny and analysis: there is no way back

Over the last decade, there has been an upsurge in information and analysis produced on charities and philanthropy. This seems to have happened worldwide – with organisations as far as Midot in Israel and Charity Ratings in Sweden, as well as new and established organisations in the US, such as Guidestar, GiveWell, Charity Navigator and the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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