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Times of change: Briefing on public sector commissioning

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Public sector commissioning is a reality for many charities, and is therefore a significant part of the funding landscape that other funders need to understand. This briefing, originally prepared for the trustees of the Henry Smith Charity, outlines the issues grant-makers and philanthropists should consider.

What grant-makers and philanthropists need to know about public sector commissioning

Drawing on NPC’s existing knowledge and experience, as well as other data sources, this briefing explains the rapid changes in public sector commissioning and the potential implications for funders, and also provides discussion points to facilitate important conversations within organisations.

Given the changing environment, negotiating the relationship with government funding is complex, and hard and fast rules cannot be forced. Choosing not to award grants to charities that receive government funding, for example, could disqualify a substantial part of the sector—including many excellent organisations and effective interventions.

We suggest therefore that funding opportunities are better considered on a case by case basis, placing above everything else the ability of the applicant to achieve social impact.

 

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