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Supporting charities and funders by being a critical friend

on 10 March 2020 , 4 minute read

We think of our consulting work as a journey, not a product. Do you want access to NPC expertise, facilitation, challenge and independence, whilst also building capacity and ownership over the process? See how our critical friend approach to consulting could be the perfect fit for your organisation

Will the Budget 2020 spell the ‘end of austerity’ for the social sector?

on 9 March 2020 , 3 minute read

In September 2019, then Chancellor Sajid Javid declared he was ‘turning the page on austerity.’ Will the Budget 2020 give optimism to charities and spell the ‘end of austerity’ for the social sector? Here's three areas to look out for

Three things to think about when asking sensitive survey questions

on 5 March 2020 , 3 minute read

How do you build trusting and honest relationships when asking sensitive survey questions? Through working with the grant-holders of the Building Connections Fund, we've been exploring how to promote open conversations.

Identify, prevent and predict: Using data to stop global trafficking

By Ana-Sofia Baillet & Robyn Phillips
on 4 March 2020 , 3 minute read

In anticipation of our upcoming seminar on data, this guest blog by STOP THE TRAFFIK emphasises the importance of data in identifying, preventing and predicting global trafficking hotspots.

Five questions your trustees should ask about place

on 3 March 2020 , 4 minute read

We recently ran a seminar to explore what place-based working means in the context of trusteeship. Place-based approaches involve coordinating work at the local level to achieve outcomes that meet the needs of local people. What can boards be doing to help implement these approaches?

Is impact investing just ‘cuddly capitalism’?

on 2 March 2020 , 2 minute read

'Cuddly capitalism' needs a clear way of assessing if it's doing good. At NPC we have long argued that to attract more capital towards solving the world's most pressing social and environmental issues, investors need more transparency around returns; both financial and impact.

Charities keep us healthy

on 25 February 2020 , 5 minute read

With the publication of the Marmot Review 10 Years On, Dan Corry reflects on how the social determinants of health are deep and structural, how charities of all kinds can play a role in overcoming them and what NPC is doing in this area.

Barriers to systems change: What we’re hearing from the sector

on 21 February 2020 , 6 minute read

Systems change is attracting more and more attention lately. Charities and funders have been telling us what barriers they face when ‘doing’ systems change. Here's how they might overcome three common issues.

State of the Sector 2020: Why insights and understanding are vital at this critical time for the charity sector

By Aidan Sutton and Daniel Chan
on 20 February 2020 , 4 minute read

State of the Sector is our comprehensive survey of the opinions of charity leaders. PwC are proud to once again be co-sponsors of this research, at this critical juncture for the charity sector.

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How much should charities measure?

on 19 February 2020 , 3 minute read

Doing evaluation well is often about getting that balance; not too little data that you don’t get any insights, but not so much that you’re reinventing the wheel.

Back to basics? Campaigning in a Tory majority Parliament

By Richard Darlington
on 14 February 2020 , 5 minute read

You’d need to be in your fifties to have any professional experience of operating in an environment where a Conservative government commands such a stable and substantive majority in Parliament. In this guest blog, Richard Darlington shares how to campaign in this new context.

Build on the social aspect of towns

on 13 February 2020 , 5 minute read

Dan Corry argues the 'levelling up' discussion about towns must take into account the social side not just physical infrastructure, which will require local and national government to get to grips with the social sector.

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