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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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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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.