‘Talking about merging isn’t itself a risk’

on 29 January 2018

Organisations often only go public on mergers once the bumps have been ironed out and the deal is done. But this makes it very difficult for others to learn from the process. We recently spoke to the CEOs of two charities who are considering a merger, and are bucking the trend by talking about it openly. Read what insights they have to share.


There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 1

on 12 January 2018

Charity mergers are a divisive topic—viewed by some as a silver bullet, others as taboo. But both camps often overlook the myriad of reasons mergers can happen, and the form such consolidation takes. Showcasing early findings from our ongoing mergers research, Oliver Carrington looks to inject some nuance back into the discussion.


There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 2

on 12 January 2018

We need to improve the health of our conversations about mergers. Here Oliver Carrington talks through the different types of mergers that can help a charity at various stages of its development, giving real-world examples along the way.


Long read: Reflections of an accidental data campaigner

on 29 November 2017

This is the story of how a shy data geek decided to break out from behind the computer screen to advocate for better use of government data to help social causes. With four years leading our Data Lab project under her belt, Tracey Gyateng charts some of the highs, lows and lessons learnt from her time campaigning for better use of data.

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Good lives, good health: how the voluntary sector helps to keep people well

By Sir Michael Marmot
on 16 November 2017

Stark and widespread health inequalities in the UK represent a striking social injustice. The impact that social factors have on our health mean that even charities that are not explicitly pursuing a health-focused mission are helping to keep people well. Leading expert on the social determinants of health Sir Michael Marmot introduces new research from NPC on the important role the voluntary sector plays in helping us live longer, healthier, lives.


Funders can set a powerful precedent by involving service users

on 7 November 2017

It has been broadly accepted by charities from across the sector that listening to users is not only the moral thing to do—it’s also the smart and logical thing to do. So, how do funders fit into all of this?


Stop quoting Latin in your board meetings

on 18 October 2017

The voluntary sector's board diversity and inclusivity issue is well known. How do we tackle this? Grace Wyld shares insights from a recent NPC event on the topic.

Dan Corry

Giving the voluntary sector some space to think

on 4 October 2017

NPC's CEO Dan Corry wrote recently: ‘There are a lot of very good people in the charity and social enterprise sector, but they have no bloody time to think.’ Here he talks over our upcoming annual conference, designed to help organisations lift their heads from the day-to-day and explore cutting-edge thinking.


Long read: Charities’ prison access problem and the promise of digital

on 19 September 2017

An acute public sector worker crisis in our prisons means that some officers are too understaffed to safely unlock prisoners to take part in purposeful activity. For charities working to support prison residents, this is a real problem. Grace Wyld looks at the importance of accessible prisons, and how digital solutions might help.


Where next for the Health Data Lab?

on 14 September 2017

In spring we wrote a letter, backed by 24 charities, to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, outlining the need for a Health Data Lab. Find out what he thought, and what comes next.


How do non-health charities help reduce health inequalities?

on 12 September 2017

The UK's life expectancy is falling behind other countries in Europe, according to new analysis. There are plenty of things that affect the nation's health, which means even the work of non-health charities may be helping keep people well. At NPC we're working on a guide to help voluntary sector organisations better understand the social determinants of health. Katie Boswell explains.


What’s next for the State of the Sector?

on 29 August 2017

Throughout the summer we launched a series of pieces from our State of the Sector programme on how charity sector leaders can adapt and thrive in this changing context. Over the autumn months we’ll be putting on a series of events to expand this work. Find out how you can get involved.