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Like many the NPC team will be working remotely until further notice.

Please do get in touch with us as usual by email and telephone and visit the events page for more information on changes to our events programme.

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Our team of charity experts works directly with individuals and organisations in the charity sector to improve the impact they have on their chosen causes. And we publish free charity research, insights and resources on topics like theory of change and measuring social impact so that others can benefit.

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We challenge, inspire and help the charity sector to do the best it can. We bring our charity research, insights and expertise to the key issues it faces, highlight best practice, and bring people together to find solutions.

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We know that the charity sector needs the right conditions to help it achieve change—the right policy, the right infrastructure, the right funding. So, we’re working to make this happen.

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State of the Sector 2020

on 18 May 2020

Our research captures our sector in the final few months of calm before the storm, offering insight into its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and risks, so that philanthropists, funders and policy makers can best support charities to help those who rely on them now more than ever.


Update: Interactive Covid-19 data for charities and funders

on 11 May 2020

Updated and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis for charities and funders. We have built an interactive dashboard which shows the places that are currently suffering the most, and those that have underlying factors—such as age, health, ethnicity—which may put them at risk.

Events & Training

Virtual event – Theory of change in ten steps

On 20 May 2020, 2:00 pm3:30 pm

A theory of change process encourages us to reflect on our aims and plans, to discuss them with others and to make them explicit. We see this process as the foundation of charity strategy, evaluation and communication.

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Events & Training

Virtual event – Leading with an agile strategy: How to keep a strategy relevant in a changing environment

On 15 June 2020, 2:00 pm3:30 pm

This seminar will outline methods for developing more agile strategies for programmes and organisations.

Events & Training

Virtual event: How to develop a learning culture

On 22 June 2020, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
at 356 Holloway Road

We tend to focus on measuring and reporting when we think about impact. However, we often overlook the importance of people, systems and processes in enabling us to collect and use data effectively.


Covid-19 means systems thinking is no longer optional

on 9 April 2020 , 15 minute read

The hard reality of system interdependence is being brought directly into our homes and news feeds. What lessons will we learn? What changes will it bring? Now is the time to bring systems change out of the clouds and into the mainstream.


Collaborating for a cause

on 14 April 2020

How philanthropists can team together using cause related networks to multiply the impact of their giving.


Where are England’s charities?

on 16 January 2020

Are they in the right places and what can we do if they are not? In this provocation paper Dan Corry uses data to ask if the current distribution of charities around the country is what we would want in an ideal world and explores what government, funders and charities could do about it.


Theory of change in ten steps

on 9 October 2019

This new guide is a ten step handbook to creating a theory of change, built on many years of developing them for charities and funders. It will teach you the basics, our core approach, with the information you need to do any theory of change.

We have a team of around 40 staff, offering a range of industry knowledge and proficiency. Learn about their skills, experience, background and current work on everything from theory of change to philanthropy impact.

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