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.

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Guardian Charity Awards 2009 launched

Smaller charities might be interested to hear that the Guardian Charity Awards 2009 have launched. The awards are aimed at small to medium sized charities in the UK, over two years old and with an annual income between £5,000 and £1million, and offer the chance to win £1,000, a new PC, and free consultancy and media services. To find out

Comments on NPC’s charity mergers report (1)

Thanks to everyone who has emailed (or posted comments) on the report so far. The majority have been positive. One of the valuable things about having a blog is that it offers the opportunity to set the record straight, own up to any omissions, and tackle misunderstandings. This gives me a chance to respond to some of the comments that

What place for mergers between charities – an invitation to respond

Today we publish a report on mergers in the charitable sector. The report suggests a number of possible mergers where NPC believes there may be a compelling case to consider such action. These include charities in the areas of literacy help in schools (Volunteer Reading Help, CSV, Reading Matters, Literacy Volunteers), breast cancer research (Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer

NPC at the Campbell Collaboration colloquium – measuring charities and well-being

On the 20th of May I was in Oslo speaking at the Campbell Collaboration 2009 colloquium on the importance of charities measuring their results, and subjective well-being in particular. The Campbell Collaboration does a great job of bringing together researchers and policy makers to discuss the latest evidence, measurement methods, and issues surrounding the interaction of social policy, research and

Forthcoming mergers report and press reaction

NPC has been on the front cover of Third Sector magazine [the UK charitable sector’s weekly trade publication] twice during May – once for our trusteeship report and once for Martin’s speech to a conference of charity finance directors. Both appearances have contained a critical stance on charities (for their governance and their willingness to measure performance). At the end

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