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Big charities should do more

By John Copps
on 8 September 2009

Where they share the same charitable purpose, big charities should recognise where small charities are doing a good job, including where they are doing the job better than they could.

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Public misconceptions and charities

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on 4 September 2009

Last year, some colleagues and I wrote a report on homelessness. One of its observations was that both the problem and the activities that charities undertake to tackle it are disconnected from public perceptions.

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Giving through foundations: an opportunity for impact

By
on 3 September 2009

Warren Buffett’s gift to the Gates Foundation raised the profile of giving to established foundations as an option for individual donors.

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Launch of new advisory service for HNW donors in the US

on 2 September 2009

We are delighted to see this week’s launch of a new advisory service in the US for high net worth donors (with more than $1m of philanthropic assets) – Tactical Philanthropy Advisors.

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Judging a charity on what they actually achieve

By Sue Wixley
on 27 August 2009

I like an analogy that Elizabeth Pisani used in her excellent book, The Wisdom of Whores, about HIV/AIDS and the role of NGOs and the UN (among others) in tackling the epidemic.

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Scrutiny and analysis: there is no way back

By John Copps
on 12 August 2009

Over the last decade, there has been an upsurge in information and analysis produced on charities and philanthropy.

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Risks in the charity sector: Learning lessons from Unicef Germany

By
on 11 August 2009

At a recent conference in London on charity trusteeship, attendees were asked whether they believed the charity sector was beset with similar problems to those which afflicted banks and caused such problems during the past two years. Sixty percent said yes.

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When success doesn’t breed success

By John Copps
on 5 August 2009

There is a popular show on British television where (often hapless) members of the public pitch ideas to five of the country’s business elite in the hope of securing an investment.

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Shutting down: the greatest measure of success?

By John Copps
on 30 July 2009

Charities have a curious feature that sets them apart from other organisations: they exist to put themselves out of business.

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Can you put a number on a child’s happiness?

By
on 15 July 2009

We think you can. Our report, Feelings Count, launches next week, reports the exciting early results of a pilot project developing a questionnaire to help children’s charities measure their impact on children’s well-being.

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Could grant-makers borrow their way through the recession?

By John Copps
on 30 June 2009

This week-end I bumped into a friend who works for a big UK corporate foundation. We were in a field in Somerset ankle-deep in mud, listening to music, and sipping cider.

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Lost in transition

By Clare Yeowart
on 25 June 2009

The Royal College of General Practitioners (the UK's membership body for general practice doctors) today called for an urgent review of adolescent healthcare as ‘too many young people are getting lost in the system’...

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