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.

Business doesn’t always know best

A year ago, I did an (excellent) short course at London Business School. It gave me some exposure to corporate culture and the workings of big business, and provided an interesting source of comparison between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. I learnt a lot from my fellow participants but equally they also learnt a lot from me. To them, that

Could grant-makers borrow their way through the recession?

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. She was bemoaning the funding crisis that will hit her foundation at the end of the year. As the effects of the financial downturn trickle through, trustees of grant-making

Cutting red tape for charities

Yesterday the National Audit Office (NAO), the UK government body that accounts for how public money is used, published some welcome guidance on ‘intelligent’ monitoring. This new guidance follows directly from NPC’s Turning the Tables research recommending more could be done to reduce the unnecessary monitoring and reporting burden on charities. We’re pleased to see that the guidance incorporates many

Lost in transition

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’: see BBC News. Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College, commented that the handover between child and adult health services is ‘not done very well

Why fake charities is wrong

In the wonderful world of the internet exists an odd site, Fake Charities (, which seeks to list UK charities which it believes to be ‘fake’. Its criteria? 1. Does the charity receive more than 10% of its income from the tax-payer AND/OR receive more than £1,000,000 a year from the tax-payer? 2. Is the charity engaged in lobbying the

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