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.

A time for radicalism

NPC held fringe events at the Labour and Conservative party conferences this year. Here our Head of Policy and External Affairs Patrick Murray reports back. He argues that conference season may be over, but there are lessons from it that we can take forward: namely, the need for a dose of radicalism.

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Giving the voluntary sector some space to think

NPC’s CEO Dan Corry wrote recently: ‘There are a lot of very good people in the charity and social enterprise sector, but they have no bloody time to think.’ Here he talks over our upcoming annual conference, designed to help organisations lift their heads from the day-to-day and explore cutting-edge thinking.

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5 types of data for assessing your work: An explainer

NPC has worked with many charities and social enterprises over the years to help them work out what data they need to understand and improve their work. It can be a confusing question, and sometimes even the word ‘data’ puts people off. Here our head of impact management James Noble introduces the different kinds of information organisations can collect.

Are we missing the bigger picture?

When faced with complex problems, we often end up looking away from the major issue and instead search for smaller things to improve. Dan Corry explains why we should resist this impulse.

15 years of NPC: What I’ve learned

15 years doesn’t sound long, but it means we’re older than Twitter, the X factor and the financial crash. So we’ve seen a few things. Here our longest serving member of staff and head of our charities team, Iona Joy, shares her top lessons from a decade and a half of trying to do good better.

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