NPC is the think tank and consultancy for the social sector.
We help charities, foundations, philanthropists, impact investors, social enterprises, businesses, and the public sector to maximise social impact in the lives of the people they serve.
At NPC we create, develop, and test new ideas
We don’t believe in change for change’s sake, but if we’re serious about creating positive social change then we all need to get out of our comfort zones and adapt.See how we innovate
At NPC we can help you improve your work so you can focus on the people you serve
We provide the tools and resources to enable charities and funders to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, making best use of their funding.Explore how we can help you
At NPC we use our data, voice and convening power to advocate for the sector
We work with policy makers and sector leaders to advocate for the right policies and regulation to enable charities to do their best work for the people who need them.See how we influence
NPC's team of experts can help
Making a positive difference isn’t easy. Whether you’re a charity or funder, social enterprise or philanthropist, private sector or public sector body, our team of charity experts can help.See how we can help
Resources & Insights
Confronting the cost of living crisis
The cost-of-living crisis is as big a crisis as covid, possibly bigger. We need the kind of mobilisation that we saw at the start of the pandemic.
Theory of change in ten steps
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.
Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change
Applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls when using theory of change, and walks through five rules that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.
This guide is for anyone new to environmental philanthropy, and especially if you already fund social issues.
Where next for social impact?
For 20 years NPC has been helping philanthropists and charities to maximise social impact in the lives of the people they serve. To mark our 20th birthday, we've been talking to leading figures and people doing things differently to ask: Where next for social impact?
Theory of change in ten steps
This seminar will run through how to develop a theory of change, based on our guidance 'Theory of change in ten steps'.
On 18 April 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Zoom
Reporting and reviewing impact: what good looks like
This seminar will explore the principles of good impact reporting and how to turn data into learning.
On 28 March 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Zoom
How can trustees respond to the climate crisis?
This event will explore how trustees can embed environmental issues into their decision making.
On 20 April 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Zoom
Systems mapping and analysis
This event is an introduction to systems mapping tools, how to engage stakeholders on co-creating systems map and how to analyse maps.
On 10 May 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
With 170,000+ charities in the UK, how do you plan your grant-making and choose where to donate? This event will help you make your grant-making more effective.
On 18 May 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Zoom
Why assessing impact remains crucial
We need to blend top-down and bottom-up approaches to impact. We’re calling this Balanced Evaluation.
Listen: The cost of living crisis – a triple headed storm
How should charities respond to the cost of living crisis? Recorded for the Charity Chat Podcast.
The role of diversity, equity and inclusion in evaluation
The scope and purpose of evaluation has been evolving over the years, but how evidence is gathered and used is less often addressed. In this blog for trustees, we explore what ‘good evidence’ looks like and practical changes that charities can make to their existing evaluation practice.
Join over 30 social and environmental charities seeking to empower people to find environmental solutions that work for everyone.
How to talk to funders about the cost-of-living crisis
What to discuss with funders and donors during the cost-of-living crisis.
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