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Mental health: awareness for all?

on 16 May 2018

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Leanne Bennett asks if charities are doing enough to raise the level of understanding of the less common, more complex, conditions.

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What is changed by collaboration in a place?

By Imogen Walker
on 3 May 2018

Continuing our exploration of 'place', Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council Imogen Walker reflects on the opportunities and dangers of greater collaboration between the voluntary sector and local government.

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The future of civil society

By Julia Unwin
on 26 April 2018

Writing for NPC on the day of the launch Civil Society Futures' one-year interim report, its chair—Julia Unwin—reflects on the her experience during the first half of the inquiry.

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Readiness or resilience?

on 25 April 2018

Much has been said about 'investment readiness' for charities and social enterprises. Recent research from the Social Investment business suggests resilience may be more important, especially when it comes to having an impact.

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‘Trust me, I’m a charity…’

on 20 April 2018

NPC's new Head of Policy and External Affairs, Nathan Yeowell, reflects on his first NCVO conference and the new Charity Comission chair.

Tris Lumley
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Should you trust a charity with your data?

on 11 April 2018

Following recent revelations about the uses and abuses of social media data by businesses, how are charities doing things differently and should they be doing 'data' better?

Dan Corry
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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
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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.

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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.

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