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Embracing place-based collaboration: Lessons from Somerset

on 19 February 2018

What does cross-sector collaboration in health and care look like in a particular place? NPC has captured learning from the initial stages of the The Richmond Group of Charities' work in Somerset, which explored what new ways of working across sectors in a specific geographic area could look like. Here we share three lessons from the work.

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Introducing a joint evaluation programme for the youth sector

By Matt Hill
on 15 February 2018

NPC and the Centre for Youth Impact are leading the learning and impact strand of a £40m DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund programme that is funding around 86 open-access youth providers. This blog outlines five ways we are confronting the challenges of evaluation in open-access settings.

Why do we need diversity?

on 5 February 2018

Most charities believe boards should be diverse. But, according to our State of the Sector research, many are unsure what specific benefits diversity brings and how to achieve it. At a recent event for charity trustees we explored the benefits and challenges a diverse board can bring.

‘Talking about merging isn’t itself a risk’

on 29 January 2018

Organisations often only go public on mergers once the bumps have been ironed out and the deal is done. But this makes it very difficult for others to learn from the process. We recently spoke to the CEOs of two charities who are considering a merger, and are bucking the trend by talking about it openly. Read what insights they have to share.

Men-only fundraiser: Another trust battle for the sector

on 24 January 2018

News about unacceptable behaviour during the Presidents Club's annual fundraiser has brought charities and philanthropy into disrepute. Extreme examples like this aren't representative of most charities and philanthropic giving. But that shouldn't mean they can't be used as a serious prompt to bring houses into order.

Late, lukewarm and bland?

on 19 January 2018

The government has finally responded to the House of Lords Select Committee report on Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society—ten months after its publication. This week the Lords discussed the government’s response, and were not impressed. Nathan Yeowell, NPC’s new Head of Policy and External Affairs, has four reflections on the debate and the status of the report as we look forward to the year ahead.

To 2018 and beyond

on 18 January 2018

Our work can sometimes feel like star gazing—you get engrossed in the detail of one area, then start to wonder how things going on in other areas relate. So taking a step back, here's a look what NPC will be working on in the year ahead.

Brexit will impact charities’ missions as well as their money

on 16 January 2018

Despite the ferocity and divisiveness of the debates elsewhere, the charity sector has been strangely passive on the topic of Brexit, argues Rob Abercrombie. Granted, there’s limited space to think about newer issues when times are already tough. But if the voluntary sector is only focused on the financial implications of Brexit, they'll miss both threats and opportunities related to their wider missions. Here he outlines three areas that need more attention.

There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 1

on 12 January 2018

Charity mergers are a divisive topic—viewed by some as a silver bullet, others as taboo. But both camps often overlook the myriad of reasons mergers can happen, and the form such consolidation takes. Showcasing early findings from our ongoing mergers research, Oliver Carrington looks to inject some nuance back into the discussion.

There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 2

on 12 January 2018

We need to improve the health of our conversations about mergers. Here Oliver Carrington talks through the different types of mergers that can help a charity at various stages of its development, giving real-world examples along the way.

‘Poverty porn’ or no, let’s welcome prompts to think differently

on 15 December 2017

The Comic Relief video of Ed Sheeran in Liberia has been branded 'poverty tourism' by the annual Radi-Aid awards. The debate around its content highlights the difficult calls charities must make to impact their chosen causes. But it also prompts charities to think hard about how they're depicting the people and causes they work for. Katy Murray explores.

Innovative or invasive? Charities, data and digital campaigning

on 4 December 2017

It is increasingly possible to use data from people's online activity to learn about and target them. These techniques do seem to work, but they come with some big ethical questions—and have made headlines when used by political and private organisations. So should charities be using them to build support for social causes? Andrew Weston explores the issues.

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