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Three places to start changing power dynamics in grant making

By Sufina Ahmad
on 6 September 2019

At NPC, we’ve been hosting a seminar series on power dynamics in grant-making, which will culminate in a panel debate at our upcoming NPC Ignites conference. In this guest blog, Sufina Ahmad, who attended two of our recent seminars, sets out her top three reflections on how we can put these ideas in

Blogs

Shifting power, changing lives

on 19 July 2019 , 5 minute read

How can funders boost the capacity of charities and communities advocating for change?

Blogs

What the private sector can offer the charity sector and how funders can help it to do more

on 28 May 2019

Here NPC Consultant Matthew Mannix discusses three examples from our work across the Stone Family Foundations' Disadvantaged Youth Portfolio which illustrate the value of corporate-charity partnerships.

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Cristina
Blogs

Three ways to wield power well

on 22 May 2019 , 4 minute read

The role of funders in tackling social problems is increasingly under public scrutiny. With power comes responsibility, but you must recognise you have power before you can be fully aware of how far your responsibilities extend.

Blogs

What are charities and funders going to do about Brexit?

on 15 April 2019

With attention in government and the country at large focused on the policy recuperation and political drama of Brexit, is it time for charities and funders to assert their independence?

Blogs

Power dynamics in grant making

on 9 April 2019

The top 300 foundations in the UK have combined assets of £65 billion and gave out £3.3 billion in grants in 2018. Do they understand their role in the systems that create social issues and should they be seeking to share or even give away their power?

Resources

Funding a good start: Philanthropy and the early years sector

on 20 November 2018

Funders can help reduce inequalities in life outcomes by supporting charities intervening in this early period of a child’s life. Here we outline the various ways in which philanthropists could make an impact in this area.

Fran Perrin
Blogs

Exciting to witness how grantmakers are showing leadership

By Fran Perrin
on 9 November 2018

Fran Perrin, Founder of the Indigo Trust and Chair of 360Giving, shares her delight at the shift in the grant-making community towards embracing data and digital and asks what can be done to enable the trend.

Blogs

Audio: How can charities harness new power dynamics?

on 31 October 2018

Chief Executive of Nesta Geoff Mulgan works with charities and social organisations around the world to help them understand the ways technology is shaping the future. Here he speaks to attendees of NPC Ignites 2018 on the changing nature of power in the world today and what it means for charities.

Angela Kail
Blogs

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.

Blogs

Funders can set a powerful precedent by involving service users

on 7 November 2017

It has been broadly accepted by charities from across the sector that listening to users is not only the moral thing to do—it’s also the smart and logical thing to do. So, how do funders fit into all of this?

Blogs

How the voluntary sector can make better use of evidence

on 31 October 2017

Charities and funders need to be brilliant at understanding what works best, where, why and for whom. But right now, as a sector, we are not making the most of what we know. Anne Kazimirski looks at what is needed for this to change.

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