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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.

Brexit will impact charities’ missions as well as their money

Despite the ferocity and divisiveness of the debates elsewhere, the charity sector has been strangely passive on the topic of Brexit, argues Rob Abercrombie. Granted, there’s limited space to think about newer issues when times are already tough. But if the voluntary sector is only focused on the financial implications of Brexit, they’ll miss both threats and opportunities related to their wider missions. Here he outlines three areas that need more attention.

Making sense of systems change: 3 things I’ve learned

Systems change can be infuriatingly abstract and riddled with jargon. But getting to grips with it provides realism about what creates and sustains social problems. And it helps us challenge our own role within systems: are we solving or perpetuating problems? So argues Rob Abercrombie, who here shares what he’s discovered about systems change that have helped him get to grips with approach.

What you need to know about the Impact Management Programme

NPC is leading the new Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change, which aims to help charities and social enterprises increase their social impact and diversify their income. In this blog Rob Abercrombie explains more about this work and the opportunity it brings, as well as how you can get involved to shape the programme.

Power corrupts, but not in the way you think

The turbulent events of this summer, from Trump to Brexit, have made us all think a bit more about power. Here, Rob Abercrombie gives his thoughts on the role of power in the funder-grantee relationship, and highlights a lesser know but equally problematic result of this power dynamic.

US foundations raise the bar for good philanthropy

As in the UK, the US foundation sector contains enormous variations in performance. But, as Rob Abercrombie argues, British foundations could learn a lot from their more successful state-side contemporaries—specifically with regards to four important principles…

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