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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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