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State of the Sector


Whether it is the impact of the EU referendum vote or widespread economic, political and social change, these are times of great flux for charities. NPC’s State of the Sector programme will inject new thinking and ideas on how charity sector leaders can adapt and thrive in this changing context. We believe there is both an opportunity and a necessity for charities, social enterprises and funders to rethink how they approach strategy, leadership and governance, as well as the resources they draw on and the relationships they build to deliver greater impact in a ever more complex world.

Our first paper, Boldness in times of change: Rethinking the charity sector for the future, outlines key challenges and opportunities for sector leaders. It makes the case for a bold and imaginative response and highlights ‘bright spots’ of practice throughout.

The second stage of the research was quantitative and qualitative research involving around 400 sector leaders over all. We published the findings from this research in Charities taking charge: Transforming to face a changing world. You can also view a short summary video of the research.

In the final stage of this research we will be publishing a collection of essays to further stimulate and provoke new thinking and action, from a range of innovative leaders showing how they are putting some of these ideas into action. These will be launched in the summer.

To find out how you can get involved, please get in touch with Patrick Murray, our Head of Policy & External Affairs. Tell us what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #StateoftheSector.

We are grateful to our programme sponsors: PwCBarrow Cadbury Trust,EcclesiasticalOdgers Berndtson and Cripplegate Foundation.

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