Trusteeship and governance


Best practice in fundraising: A guide for trustees

on 13 January 2017

NPC's briefing paper on how trustees can support their charity's fundraising.


So how diverse is your charity’s board?

By Julia Oliver
on 9 December 2016

In the private sector, the move towards greater board diversity has been building for years now. A compelling case has been made for how it can boost performance. Julia Oliver argues that we need to step up and follow suit.


Above and beyond in trusteeship: What good governance looks like

on 8 December 2016

This guide draws on the experiences and insights of active, ambitious trustees, as well as NPC’s own knowledge gained over nearly 15 years working with charities and funders. We use these insights to explore how boards can get the most from their organisations and do the best for their beneficiaries.


What a difference a faith makes: Insights on faith-based charities

on 29 November 2016

Following an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities, here we draw together the key findings of this work. We outline what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face.


Getting started with impact: A trustee’s view

on 8 November 2016

In light of trustees week, George Hoare reflects on his own experiences as a charity trustee, explaining how the board has established ways to measure the charity's impact.


Pulling together for better governance

on 1 September 2016

Governance has been getting a lot of attention recently. High profile charity failures highlight a need for boards to avoid damaging failures. But we're equally concerned with how boards can up their game more generally: to avoid coasting, and really go the extra mile for the charities they serve. This is the argument we make in our recent report 'It starts from the top'. Iona Joy explains our thinking in this blog.


Reporting when things don’t go to plan

on 17 August 2016

NPC’s briefing paper following our seminar on reporting negative results.


It starts from the top: Improving governance, improving impact

on 11 August 2016

This policy paper outlines how we can improve charity governance and, by extension, the impact of the sector as a whole. In it, we address some key governance issues, and make recommendations to a number of key players in the sector and beyond.

Kate Sayer

Take more risks to give your charity a sporting chance

By Kate Sayer
on 14 July 2016

Being too risk averse can often have the opposite of the intended effect, argues Kate Sayer of Sayer Vincent. Reflecting on recent sporting wins, she explores how charities can be more bold in their decision making to achieve success.


Faith matters: Understanding faith-based charities

on 17 June 2016

As part of our ongoing programme of work exploring the role of faith-based charities—which make up 27% of the charity sector—here we taker a closer look at some of the attributes of this group of organisations.


A reason to celebrate

on 19 May 2016

There has been much doom and gloom about the fortunes of the sector over the past year, and much of the fault for recent scandals has been laid at the door of trustees. So it is refreshing to gain a more positive perspective in the form of an award ceremony for exemplary charity governance.


Trusteeship in small charities: Practical tips and advice

on 21 January 2016

NPC’s briefing paper following our seminar for trustees of small charities.