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Coronavirus, lockdowns, and the resulting economic calamity caught all of us unprepared. Charities have never been more needed. But with household budgets squeezed, fundraising events cancelled, and public sector contracts in jeopardy, philanthropists have a vital job to do.

Covid-19 has created a host of big questions for charity leaders to grapple with, from remote service delivery to governance and long-term funding models. The challenge will only get bigger as we head into a tough winter of lockdowns and uncertainty. But the crisis also gives us great opportunities. We don’t want or need to go back to all the ways we did things in the past. How radical we are will depend upon our appetite for bold change.

You’ll find all of our coronavirus advice and insights here. Use the links below to jump directly to where you’re interested.

We’re already thinking about what the post-covid will look like. Stay up to date by following us on twitter and signing up to our newsletter. Join our initiative and share your ideas by emailing us at info@thinknpc.org or posting in our LinkedIn group. Get in touch for bespoke consulting or to support our work. 

 

Key resources

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Guide: Our coronavirus resources for the second lockdown

NPC’s Covid-19 advice for charities, funders and philanthropists for the next wave of lockdowns.

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Guide: How philanthropists should respond to coronavirus

The unique threats charities are facing, and how philanthropy can help.

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Research: State of the Sector 2020

The charity sector’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and risks as the crisis hit.

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Data: Our interactive dashboard

Helping to direct resources where they are most needed.

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Guide: Our charity toolkit

A framework for what to think about and act on as the crises progresses.

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The future of charity

We need to look to the future. We don’t have to go back to the way things were before the crisis. How can we learn from the innovations we’ve made and build back better?

The future of charity

The future will be determined by our appetite for real change. Will we be cautious and shelter in our respective safe spaces? Or will we be bold, and take risks?

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Analysis: Charity redundancies

We're collating public data on redundancy announcements, showing which causes need the most support.

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How are needs changing?

Our analysis of Covid-19 data from benefits charity Turn2us.

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Briefing: Employment

How can charities help fight rising unemployment?

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Briefing: Large charities

Britain's largest charities still face an income hole of £150m+

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Funding beyond Covid-19

Which new practices should funders keep and which should they go back to?

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The volunteering boom

What have we learnt? What's worked and what hasn't?

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A new way to rebuild post-Covid

Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross, shares his reflections on a “New Power” approach to recovery.

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Covid-19 means systems thinking is no longer optional

The hard reality of system interdependence has been made clear. What changes will it bring?

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Is the future unrestricted? Charity funding post Covid-19

The crisis has prompted many funders to give unrestricted. What if this were to continue?

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The charity sector in a post-coronavirus world

The charity sector has been excellent in this crisis, but we now need to start thinking about how we want the future to look.

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A joint letter to philanthropists

Add your name to our joint letter, originally printed in the Financial Times.

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Succeeding in the new normal

Now is the toughest challenge many in the charity sector have ever faced. We’re sharing practical guidance for how charities can adapt.

Evidence

Using data to know when you're wrong.

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Resilience

How can trustees build resilience through and beyond the Covid-19 crisis?

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A learning culture

How to continue to develop a learning culture beyond the crisis.

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Data

To adapt to change, understanding your data is a good place to start.

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Adaptive strategy

How to adapt your strategy approach for times of change.

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Measurement and evaluation

How will social distancing change charity evaluation?

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User involvement

Three ways to involve users despite social distancing

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Governance

What should charity trustees be thinking about?

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Online workshops

Ten tips for facilitating online workshops

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Recovery and resiliance strategy

How can charities build a better post-covid world?

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Place

Writing for Alliance Magazine, Nicola Pritchard shares how funders can help local charities.

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Evaluation for small charities

Lessons from Inspiring Impact.

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Developmental evaluation

Lessons from the Building Connections Fund. How do you evaluate when everything is constantly changing?

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How NPC is adapting

Lockdown has prompted greater reflection on what we are doing and what difference it makes.

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Working with government

We’re helping philanthropists to understand where government support is going, so they can direct their own giving to where it is most needed.

Briefing: Government spending

How much government funding has the charity sector really received?

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Briefing: How was the £750m spent?

We breakdown where the money is going

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Analysis: How does the government view charities' role in recovery?

Unpacking the big talking points from the Minister for Civil Society's speech at our State of the Sector launch.

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Analysis: Has the government 'bailed out' the charity sector?

How does the government view its relationship with charities?

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Recommendations: How charities can build a better Britain

How government can encourage a more impactful charity sector to help people through the covid-19 crisis and bolster the levelling up agenda.

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Recap: In conversation with Danny Kruger MP and Charlotte Pickles

How can charities rise up the policy agenda? And how does current thinking in conservatism square with the culture in the sector?

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Recap: In conversation with Rachael Maskell MP, Cllr Paulette Hamilton and David Walker

What does Labour think of charities?

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Charity case studies

How charities are experiencing the Covid-19 crisis.

Domestic violence

How employers can spot and tackle domestic violence.

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Healthy lives

A Q&A podcast with the charity Cranstoun on cuts, contracts, and digital innovation.

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Behind the figures

How is coronavirus impacting larger charities?

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Hidden Homelessness

Why 'Everyone In" hasn't ended homelessness.

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Deaf people

A video Q&A with the Royal Association for Deaf people.

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Homelessness

Covid-19 has completely transformed the homelessness sector, in the short term.

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Helping the elderly

For many older people, there's no end in sight to lockdown loneliness.

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The environment

How to keep up the urgency of the other crisis.

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Digital mental health services

How digital can combat loneliness

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Treatment and recovery

For anyone seeking to escape drugs or alcohol, charities are a lifeline. Coronavirus has turned this support network upside down.

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Refugees

The needs and risks faced by refugees have changed dramatically.

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Maternity

Parenting charities can find it hard to explain their digital offer to hospitals and beneficiaries.

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Effective crisis response

Coronavirus was unprecedented for most of us. What we learnt could help us respond to future crises.

How should philanthropists respond to the coronavirus?

Writing for Alliance Magazine, Clare Wilkins puts forward five practical ideas for philanthropists.

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Across the pond

How ‘Response Funds’ in the U.S. are confronting Covid-19.

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Case study: Indigo Trust

We’re advising philanthropists to give quickly but also look to the medium term by keeping charities they value going, and prepare for the bigger shifts this crisis will create in the long term. Indigo are among the first to model this approach.

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Why government and philanthropists must come together for charities now

Our CEO, Dan Corry, outlines the urgent actions government and philanthropists must do.

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How can the charity sector adapt?

Charities 'do what needs to be done’. But in an unprecedented crisis it's not obvious what does need to be done.

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