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Help us make theory of change even more useful

on 12 February 2019

Over the next few months, with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are going to be rewriting and redesigning our guidance on theory of change and we want your help.


How charities are influencing change in prisons: What we’ve found so far

on 5 February 2019

In the face of massive budget cuts, turnover in political leadership, and a rising prison population, is there anything charities can do to improve the situation in prisons? Sally Bagwell, Deputy Head of Charities, outlines the findings of new research.

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What can 360Giving data tell us about homelessness funding?

on 4 January 2019 , 8 minute read

Homelessness is a modern crisis. At NPC, we're interested in how philanthropy can help tackle it. We delved into 360Giving data to see which private trusts and foundations fund homelessness interventions, which organisations they’re funding, and what that funding looks like. Here's what we found.


What’s going on with funders and the criminal justice system?

on 18 December 2018 , 4.5 minute read

Criminal justice charities rely heavily on financial support from trusts, foundations and philanthropists. But we've found that independent funders are increasingly frustrated with the criminal justice system. Grace Wyld takes a closer look at the main challenges at hand, told in funders' own words.


What works in arts and culture outreach? 

on 10 December 2018

NPC is working on an in-depth review for the Mohn Westlake Foundation to find out how arts outreach can boost diversity and inclusion with the aim of establishing a base for effectiveness and creating a useful resource for all those working in this space.   


Treating homelessness as a systemic problem

on 29 November 2018

NPC Senior Consultant Rachel Tait gives an overview of the findings of our recent report on the systems level causes-of and solutions-to the problem of homelessness.


Charities in prisons: Relationships, incentives, and access

on 7 November 2018

Researcher Theo Clay shares some early work from Criminal Justice Project. We have been speaking to around 30 charities to hear about their challenges, but also to shine a light on examples of prisons and charities working well together.


Potential difficulties registering EU migrants

on 11 September 2018

With the UK planning to leave the EU in March 2019, the Transition Advice Fund has commissioned a study of EU migrants across the UK to uncover attitudes towards Brexit and the capability of different people to navigate the application process for settled status. Project lead Ruth Gripper explains


3 ways to really tackle homelessness

on 17 August 2018

With the government's rough sleeping strategy now out, Katie Boswell, NPC Deputy Head of Funders, sees it's strengths, it's weaknesses, and argues for a better way of thinking about homelessness.


How are charities tackling homelessness?

on 17 August 2018

Homelessness affects tens of thousands of people and the number is increasing. NPC is researching what the effective charity sector interventions are to reduce it and here, Senior Consultant Rachel Tait shares some promising areas from the early research.


Walking the talk on diversity

on 3 July 2018

The moral and business case for greater diversity and inclusion in the charity sector is clear. Yet time and again, research into diversity amongst trustees and senior managers in the charity sector shows little progress. Our research briefing asks: what is holding the charity sector back from putting words into action?

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Our long-term vision for the voluntary sector in criminal justice

on 28 June 2018

Consultant Grace Wyld sets out the three areas which will define NPC's criminal justice work over the next year.