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How funders can unlock good charity governance

on 10 November 2017

Charities require strong boards in order to be effective. So it's surprising that there are not more funders investing in improved governance. Ahead of trustees week, Sonali Patel gives 3 ways funders can support better trusteeship.


GDPR: It’s not just about fundraising

on 2 November 2017

G.D.P.R. Four letters that have sent a collective shiver down the spine of the charity sector lately. Much of the discussion has been gloomy, and much of it has focused on the impact on charity fundraising. Tracey Gyateng explains why this shouldn't be the case, and gives her top tips for charities working to get on top of it all.

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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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What does ‘impact measurement’ really mean?

on 26 October 2017

We use the terms ‘impact’ and ‘impact measurement’ a lot. But what do they really mean? James Noble breaks it down for us.


Sensing a change: apps for the future

on 24 October 2017

Technology enables us to overcome certain human limitations. This unlocks all manner of possibilities, and could help charities improve service delivery. Andrew Weston looks at how.


Are you sitting uncomfortably?

on 13 October 2017

This week at our annual conference there were some serious challenges made to the sector about how we deliver change. From issues around power and privilege, to civil society's unique assets going to waste, our Head of Think Tank and External Affairs Lucy de Las Casas explores.


Funders and mental health: Progress made, progress still needed

on 10 October 2017

Today marks World Mental Health Day. In the year that has passed since the last one, it has become harder than ever not to notice the UK's growing mental health crisis. Oliver Carrington explains why funders have an important role to play in helping relieve the pressure.


A time for radicalism

on 6 October 2017

NPC held fringe events at the Labour and Conservative party conferences this year. Here our Head of Policy and External Affairs Patrick Murray reports back. He argues that conference season may be over, but there are lessons from it that we can take forward: namely, the need for a dose of radicalism.

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Are we missing the bigger picture?

on 26 September 2017

When faced with complex problems, we often end up looking away from the major issue and instead search for smaller things to improve. Dan Corry explains why we should resist this impulse.


15 years of NPC: What I’ve learned

on 22 September 2017

15 years doesn’t sound long, but it means we're older than Twitter, the X factor and the financial crash. So we've seen a few things. Here our longest serving member of staff and head of our charities team, Iona Joy, shares her top lessons from a decade and a half of trying to do good better.

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Is grant-making fit for the digital future?

on 5 September 2017

As pretty much everyone has noticed, we’re in the middle of a great revolution driven by digital technology and the internet. But what should grant-making trusts and foundations make of this? Tris Lumley argues why much of funding practice is not currently compatible with the tech world.

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Mike Adamson: What the Red Cross learned at Grenfell Tower

By Mike Adamson
on 1 September 2017

The fire at Grenfell Tower in June saw enormous voluntary mobilisation from individuals, local community groups, and national organisations. While on the ground and coordinating its response the Red Cross faced significant challenges. Here its CEO gives a candid account of what they learned.