Pushing the boundaries of funding

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Supporting meaningful measurement for unrestricted funding

On 21 April 2021, 10:00 am11:00 am
at Zoom

This event is part of our Leading Impact series of seminars and will explore the barriers and opportunities charities and funders have with unrestricted funding.


How philanthropists should respond to coronavirus

on 19 January 2021

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

man delivering with mask on

How to combat the issue of rising needs and declining resources

By Ed Mayo
on 2 December 2020 , 5 minute read

When the economy dips, needs rise and the resources open to charities dip too. What we need is a system that is effective at stopping this 'scissors effect' and at meeting needs, not just where, but when they arise.


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.

Dan Corry

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.