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.

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How can you tell if your campaign is shifting the dial?

Now we have another general election around the corner, many charities will be gearing up to get their causes up the policy agenda. But in such a complex and ever-changing environment—where attitudes and the policy agenda are affected by a million different factors—how can campaigners know if their efforts are having an impact?

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Post-Brexit Britain needs a strong civil society

Today is Maundy Thursday, a day rooted in ideas of loving one’s neighbour. It’s marked by the Queen giving coins to civilians. But does this ritual represent a society that truly believes in mutuality, connectedness and supporting one another—a ‘Shared Society’? Here Dan Corry and Professor Gerry Stoker argue that anyone serious about the Prime Minister’s idea of the Shared Society need to push the debate beyond sloganeering and towards a real agenda to drive change. And this means putting civil society front and centre.

Health: Out of the headlines but still on our minds

The headlines may have died down, but our health system remains under pressure. And health isn’t just about hospitals. The charity sector is an important ally in keeping people healthy and supporting those who are unwell. So what are the big health subjects on charities’ minds?

Foundation boards must ask: Are we being ambitious enough?

How much a foundation pays out goes to their heart of its mission. But many boards do not regularly consider how much money they are giving away over all, and whether this fits with what they’re trying to achieve. So how can trustees guard against being too conservative in their spending?

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