Opinion

Dan Corry
Blogs

The past and potential of ‘place’

on 6 April 2018

‘Place-based’ solutions gaining popularity at the moment. But it’s not a new idea. The approach has quite a history. NPC’s CEO Dan Corry walks through his experience and some key principles that underpin it.

Blogs

International women’s day—two asks from the charity sector

on 8 March 2018

To mark International Women's Day 2018, Clare Wilkins—our head of development—sets out two areas where NPC believes the charity sector needs to do more to support women in realising their rights and potential.

Combined headshots of Neil-Serougi & Louise Corti
Blogs

How can we up-skill charities to gain insights from data?

By Louise Corti & Neil Serougi
on 2 March 2018

There's a clear appetite from charities to be better able to get insights from their data. So what can be done to build capacity and capability?

Blogs

With contracting in crisis, is there promise in a place-based approach?

on 28 February 2018

Charities are struggling with the current system of public sector contracting. Meanwhile, recent shocks like Carillion's collapse signal that it’s time for change if we want to deliver for people and communities. Nathan Yeowell talks through the issues at play, and explores how a place-based approach could help us find a better approach.

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

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.

Blogs

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.

Blogs

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.

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‘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.

Blogs

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.

Blogs

Towards a new relationship with the state

on 24 November 2017

The research from our recent State of the Sector work examined the building blocks for a new relationship between charities and the state, we then explored this conversation further at our annual conference, NPC Ignites. In this blog Erica Bertolotto shares her insights from this session.

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Pre-budget briefing: Winter is here

on 17 November 2017

Patrick Murray gives the lay of the policy land ahead of the 2017 budget next week. As the effects of austerity meet government in disarray over Brexit, he finds few reasons to be cheerful.

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