Pushing the boundaries of funding


How every philanthropist and funder can protect our environment

on 1 September 2020 , 4 minute read

What we learnt from our recent Funder Drop-In on how every charity has a role to play in protecting the environment.


In search of a standard grant application

By Marcelle Speller
on 28 May 2020 , 3 minute read

A standard grant proces has been talked about for a long time. Launched earlier this month, Brevio aims to be an answer. In this guest blog, founder and Chair Marcelle Speller explains how it works and why they set it up.


Can legacy income be brought forward?

By Anthony Bolton
on 27 May 2020 , 5 minute read

We’ve been testing an idea from Anthony Bolton, Paul Spencer and Tom Skwarek, with advice from Bates Wells, to make legacy donations available for charities today through an accelerated legacy plan. In this guest blog, Anthony Bolton shares what motivated him to pursue the idea.


Accelerated legacies

on 27 May 2020

The Accelerated Legacy Plan is a new idea developed by Anthony Bolton, Paul Spencer and Tom Skwarek, with advice from specialist lawyers Bates Wells. NPC conducted a feasibility study to test whether their idea could work.


How philanthropists should respond to coronavirus

on 20 March 2020

A collaborative effort to help philanthropists keep charities serving throughout the coronavirus crisis, and prepare for whatever challenges the post-covid world will hold.


Why government and philanthropists must come together for charities now

on 18 March 2020 , 4 minute read

The country is in a very deep crisis. We are working with philanthropists and partners on how they can more effectively fund charities now. And we want to hear more ideas about what can be done.


NPC Ignites 2019: Impact for people

on 19 June 2019 , 4 minute read

The programme for this year's NPC Ignites has been announced. Find out what the hot topics are and who will be debating them.


More than grants collection: Pushing the boundaries of funding

on 14 December 2017

As a country we face huge challenges. These challenges present questions for everyone who funds charities. It’s time to ask whether charitable foundations in the UK are doing enough—and are doing the right things—to support the voluntary and community sector.


Funding the fight against loneliness in older people

on 8 September 2017

Around one million older people in the UK identify as ‘lonely’. We've just finished working on some research for a philanthropist client looking to use their funding to tackle this issue. Shona Curvers explains what we found.


How we faced swingeing cuts but came out swinging

on 20 July 2017

Sue Bent, Director, Central England Law School

Cuts to legal aid have been devastating for some law centres. For Sue Bent’s organisation, Central England Law Centre, this made it necessary to refocus on the organisation’s mission, to harness existing relationships and build new ones, and to maximise their impact. Here she talks through the journey.

Tris Lumley

Challenging the rules, changing the game

on 14 September 2016

The charity sector urgently needs leaders to challenge the traditional practices and assumptions of funders and investors. Here we spotlight one pioneering thinker who is doing just that: Clara Miller President of the US-based Heron Foundation.


Social capital: Charities and the London Mayor

on 3 May 2016

As London prepares to elect a new Mayor, what do we know about the scope of its civil society? Dan Corry presents new NPC data analysis.