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.

Start, collaborate, and listen.

Tris Lumley, Director of Innovation & Development, is back with a brand new invention: using design principles to help charities, beneficiaries and tech people work better together.

What is changed by collaboration in a place?

Continuing our exploration of ‘place’, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council Imogen Walker reflects on the opportunities and dangers of greater collaboration between the voluntary sector and local government.

What we learned: Investigating the ‘impact’ in impact investment

Impact investing is making waves. Leading financial institutions are moving into the field, with over $10trn of global assets now invested sustainably, some promising both competitive financial returns and a positive social impact. But it’s vital to specify and quantify that promised social impact. Plum Lomax draws some lessons from our work to capture this impact for one impact portfolio.

The future of civil society

Writing for NPC on the day of the launch Civil Society Futures’ one-year interim report, its chair—Julia Unwin—reflects on the her experience during the first half of the inquiry.

Readiness or resilience?

Much has been said about ‘investment readiness’ for charities and social enterprises. Recent research from the Social Investment business suggests resilience may be more important, especially when it comes to having an impact.

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