Events & Training

Using need and demand data to inform decision making

On 17 March 2021, 10:00 am11:30 am
at Zoom

This event will focus on how data-driven decisions can help you respond to existing and newly emerging issues.


How to do situation analysis when everything is changing

on 9 February 2021 , 7 minute read

You need to know where you are now before mapping out where you’d like to get to. But how do you do this when everything is changing?

Looking at data on a screen

Driving data-led decision-making with the Local Needs Databank

By Amelia Smith
on 28 January 2021 , 5 minute read

Our Local Needs Databank helps charities and funders understand existing needs and support provisions across the UK. This blog sets out how our data dashboards can help you better target your work and how your charity can help our databank grow.

People social distancing and wearing masks
Rose Anderson

How to maximise user involvement opportunities in an age of social distancing

on 21 January 2021 , 5 minute read

Co-design happens when a charity and its stakeholders work together to design or rethink a service. But how can we encourage user participation at a time of lockdowns and social distancing? This blog shares useful insights into how to involve users in service design or improvement during a pandemic.


How philanthropists should respond to coronavirus

on 19 January 2021

A collaborative effort to help philanthropists keep charities serving throughout the coronavirus crisis, and prepare for whatever challenges the post-covid world will hold.


Shifting your funding practices during Covid-19

on 19 January 2021

Covid is changing how funders give. This guide explores what shifts in practice we have seen, what shifts we think are valuable, and what else funders could be doing.

man delivering with mask on

How to combat the issue of rising needs and declining resources

By Ed Mayo
on 2 December 2020 , 5 minute read

When the economy dips, needs rise and the resources open to charities dip too. What we need is a system that is effective at stopping this 'scissors effect' and at meeting needs, not just where, but when they arise.

food market
Dan Corry

Civil society needs a seat at the table: Communities, Covid-19 and Marcus

on 27 November 2020 , 3 minute read

Charities, social enterprises, community organisations and all their funders are crucial to getting us through this crisis. That’s why civil society needs to be given a seat at the table, both in Whitehall and in town halls, and we need to see everyone working together at a local level.

charity board meeting
Rose Anderson

Setting your charity’s reserves policy through and beyond Covid-19

on 25 November 2020 , 4 minute read

Reserves are meant for a rainy day, and Covid-19 is undoubtedly such a day. What types of reserves should a charity hold and how should trustees handle them in the current climate?


What do we mean by mutual aid?

on 3 November 2020 , 3 minute read

As England enters another lockdown, we may see another spontaneous up-swell of mutual aid. What do we know about mutual aid groups and can they help us tackle some of our biggest social problems?

Dan Corry

Up for it, and up to it? The challenges for charities and funders in the Covid-19 world

on 14 October 2020

NPC CEO Dan Corry's speech at our 2020 annual conference.


How philanthropists and businesses can tackle domestic violence

By Lyndsey​ Dearlove
on 30 September 2020 , 4 minute read

Domestic violence has become more prevalent and harder to fight because of lockdown. We spoke with the charity Hestia about their employer-focussed response and how philanthropists and corporates can help.