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.

Can you put a number on a child’s happiness?

We think you can. Our report, Feelings Count, launches next week, reports the exciting early results of a pilot project developing a questionnaire to help children’s charities measure their impact on children’s well-being. The report will be freely available to download on our website from Monday. We welcome any comments on the well-being project and the report.

Rumours and regulators

This week, a report on the finances and management of a prominent UK homelessness charity, Novas Scarman, will be released. The auditors BDO Stoy Haward have been investigating the organisation—which was formed from the merger of Novas Group, Scarman Trust and PATH in 2008—for the past nine months. According to the Telegraph, the draft report raised concerns of ‘cronyism, nepotism,

In Defence of Gates

An interesting recent piece from Forbes India puts the boot in to the Gates Foundation’s $283 million prevention programme for HIV/AIDs on the subcontinent, Avahan. It says that the programme hasn’t worked and is being scaled back. It claims that money has been wasted on travel costs and expensive salaries for its ex-McKinsey staff. It accuses the programme of insensitivity

Business doesn’t always know best

A year ago, I did an (excellent) short course at London Business School. It gave me some exposure to corporate culture and the workings of big business, and provided an interesting source of comparison between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. I learnt a lot from my fellow participants but equally they also learnt a lot from me. To them, that

Could grant-makers borrow their way through the recession?

This week-end I bumped into a friend who works for a big UK corporate foundation. We were in a field in Somerset ankle-deep in mud, listening to music, and sipping cider. She was bemoaning the funding crisis that will hit her foundation at the end of the year. As the effects of the financial downturn trickle through, trustees of grant-making

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