State of the Sector

NPC’s State of the Sector programme seeks to inject new thinking and ideas on how charity sector leaders can adapt and thrive in this changing context.

Whether it is the impact of Brexit or widespread economic, political and social change, these are times of great flux for charities.

NPC’s State of the Sector programme seeks to inject new thinking and ideas on how charity sector leaders can adapt and thrive in a changing world.

For 2019 we are supplementing our long running programme of research with ‘snapshots’ looking at the sectors perception of its own handling of certain vital issues. This set of essays explores issues around Brexit, Involvement, Diveristy, Trust, Contracts and Place. Read them here.

About the research outputs

Our initial exploration, Boldness in times of change: Rethinking the charity sector for the future, outlines key challenges and opportunities for sector leaders. It makes the case for a bold and imaginative response to current challenges, and highlights ‘bright spots’ of practice throughout.

Next, we did some quantitative and qualitative research involving around 400 sector leaders over all. We published the findings from this research in Charities taking charge: Transforming to face a changing world. You can also view a short summary video of the research.

We are in the process of rerunning the survey—look out for this next year. If you are interested in supporting the work get in contact with us.

Flipping the narrative: Essays on transformation from the sector’s boldest voices is the third product of this research. It showcases approaches and ideas from leaders across the sector who are taking bold, innovative action to transform the way they deliver impact. It is a springboard, a rally cry to the sector, and a source of ideas and motivation to transform and move forward.

Tell us what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #StateoftheSector.

We are grateful to our programme sponsors: PwCBarrow Cadbury Trust, EcclesiasticalOdgers Berndtson and Cripplegate Foundation.

PwC, Barrow Cadbury, Ecclesiastical, Odgers Berndston, Cripplegate Foundation

Key outputs from the State of the Sector programme

Selected media coverage

The Guardian Voluntary

Have charities weathered the worst of the storms? The forecast is mixed.

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Third Sector

Trustees Week: Should we pay trustees?

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Charity Digital News

New survey reveals charities’ top 10 risks.

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Third Sector

Charities 'using other income' to subsidise public service contracts.

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